PAINTSVILLE — Hotels are rated. Restaurants are rated. Now, as part of former Gov. Paul Patton's Early Childhood Initiative, licensed child care programs are rated. The new rating system for child care, dubbed STARS for KIDS NOW, began in July 2001.
The First Paintsville Nursery School program is participating in STARS for KIDS NOW. The school has been awarded a three-star rating, which indicates that the program is seeking quality standards beyond the requirements for facility licensure.
Star ratings are based on factors associated with good outcomes for young children such as staff-to-child ratios, program curriculum, and staff education and training. Children who are cared for in safe, stable and nurturing environments tend to develop effective social skills and are more likely to be well prepared to enter school.
Officials with the First Paintsville Nursery School program say they are participating in STARS for KIDS NOW as a way of indicating to parents and others in the community that program staff is working to provide appropriate and safe care for children every day.
For more information about the First Paintsville Nursery School program, call Phyllis Barnes at 789-8605.