Bright from the Start has awarded Georgia Southern University’s Child Development Center (CDC) the highest possible accolade, a three-star rating, on its quality assessment report, Quality Rated.
Quality Rated is a system to determine, improve and communicate the quality of child care programs in Georgia. The system assigns a quality rating to early and school-age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. Institutions volunteer to be observed by Quality Rated.
According to CDC Director Megeda Edwards, the CDC is making a commitment to work continuously to improve the quality of care they are providing to children and families.
“We’re proud to be a three-star Quality Rated center,” said Edwards. “The rating lets families in our community know that Georgia Southern University’s Child Development Center is a place where all children can learn, grow and thrive. It also means we have an outstanding team in place to enrich the children and families we serve.”
To become Quality Rated, a child care program must complete a three step process.
The first phase of the process requires the program to submit their licensing credentials to prove eligibility. The second phase requires the development of a portfolio that includes an in-depth collection of documents and narratives designed to encourage programs to think critically about the care they provide and how they can improve their quality of care. The third phase measures process quality through observation.
A Department of Early Care and Learning assessor uses the Environmental Rating Scale, an assessment tool, to evaluate the practices, interactions and environment experience by the children in the program. Programs are scored on a scale of zero to 30 points with a star rating being awarded on the total number of points a program receives.