Nisonger Early Learning Program Recognized as a Quality Learning and Development Program

COLUMBUS, OH – In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Nisonger Early Learning Program has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating.

In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:

• Have lower staff/child ratios.
• Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
• Share assessment results and create goals for children.
• Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
• Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
• Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
• Use input from families and community partners’ inform the program’s continuous improvement process.
• Have accreditation by an approved organization.

Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.

“We are so pleased to be recognized as a Step Up to Quality 5 star program, said Deanna Kropf, Program Manager. Nisonger Early Learning Program is one of very few programs who provide full day inclusive childcare services for families. Our teaching staff and early intervention staff members work diligently every day to empower families by creating supportive relationships and providing enriched learning environments. We embrace diversity of abilities, promote acceptance and support all children in reaching their full potential.”

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*The Nisonger Early Learning Program is partially funded by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities