Just Children Child Care Centers will be shifting gears pretty soon from summer fun to back to school! While it may not seem too different for the children who spend their summers with us here at Just Children, the focus shifts back from fun in the sun to learning fun! Kids get older, and some move up classrooms to the next age level. They will make some new friends, meet new teachers, and develop both mentally and emotionally. Socialization is very important for our young ones, and it better prepares them for first grade and beyond.
We love to hear at the end of a year how much the students have grown and come out of their “shells” as they turn into young students. Some children enter Just Children clinging onto their parent’s leg, and end up crying when it’s time to go home! They look forward to going to school everyday where their friends are.
Pretty soon the new school year will be upon us, and we never get tired of seeing the new and returning faces each and every day. They grow up so quickly, and it’s never more evident than when they return each year or enter their new classrooms. Child care is so much more than watching children while their parents are at work. Just Children Child Care Centers are preparing our students for their future, while having a bunch of fun at the same time! Contact a Just Children Child Care Center near you today, and we’d be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and as always, visit any time with no appointment necessary. If you are new to our center, please download our enrollment form. We hope to see you soon, and can’t wait for “back to school”!
Keystone STARS (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources) provides families with a tool to gauge the quality of early learning programs. The STARS program supports early learning programs in the commitment to continuous quality improvement. Programs that participate in Keystone STARS care about providing quality early learning for your child. As programs move up the STARS ladder, they are providing even higher quality experiences, so your child benefits even more from the program. Early learning programs can earn a STAR 1 to a STAR 4 level. At each level, programs have to meet certain research-based quality standards that measure four areas that make a difference in the quality of care your child receives:
- Staff Education
- Learning Environment
- Leadership Management
- Family and Community Partnerships
As a program moves from STAR 1 to STAR 4, the requirements in these areas increase.
At a Keystone STARS Program you should find:
- Department of Human Services Certificate of Compliance for child care centers and group homes or Centers of Registration for family care homes.
- A comfortable place where your child can explore and learn.
- Laughing, reading and talking which builds language skills.
Teachers learning new ways to help your child thrive.
- A safe, healthy and exciting place.
- Music, art, science and play activities that increase school readiness.
- Your child feeling good about himself or herself.
- Families involved in the program and their child development.
- Teachers that listen to children and parents.
- Children having fun together and being respectful of each other.
Just Children Child Care Centers are proud to be a part of the Keystone Stars program!