Monday, February 29, 2016 - 08:54

Great Miami Valley YMCA’s Early Learning Centers located at both the Atrium Family YMCA and the Miami University Middletown campus have been awarded by the State of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality rating system as Five-Star learning centers.

Step Up To Quality is a quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs in the State of Ohio in which participating programs can earn 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-Star ratings by meeting Ohio’s quality program standards. Star Ratings qualify that the learning center employs highly trained teachers, develops school readiness skills with the children, are committed to continuous improvement and focus on family engagement. Achieving a five-star rating, the highest level a program can reach, shows a high commitment to providing quality education which includes lower staff-child ratios, plans to support individual children’s growth and a commitment to families and community.

“We are excited to be able to provide our community with the highest quality of early learning education to children at our Middletown and Atrium Early Learning Centers,” said Teresa Gagnon, Executive Director of Child Care Quality Assurance, Great Miami Valley YMCA. “These programs use an evidence-based curriculum which is designed to promote each child’s development and to prepare them for Kindergarten.”

The Atrium Family YMCA Early Learning Center, located in Middletown, Ohio provides quality full-time child care and education to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.  At the Middletown Area Family Early Learning Center located at Miami University Middletown, which has also been NAEYC accredited for the past six years, children ages 18 months to 5 years old also experience quality full-time child care and education.  Great Miami Valley YMCA also operates a variety of other starred programs including:

· Two Star Level:

· Fitton Family YMCA Early Learning Center

· Fairfield Family YMCA Part-Time Preschool and Before/After School Program

· Three Star Level:

· East Butler County YMCA Babeck Early Learning Center Part-Time Preschool

· Mayfield and Creeekview Elementary Schools in the Middletown City School District as well as the Babeck Early Learning Center are the only three-star before/after school-age programs in Butler County.