Programs who volunteer to be rated, such as Houston’s Pre-Kindergarten Program, are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and have:
Volunteered for extra, in-depth training
Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn
Mrs. Jamie Woodard
Mrs. Amy Todd
What is a Four-Star Rating?(source) The Parent Aware One- to Four-Star Ratings allows families to easily identify childcare and early education programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten.
Those programs who earn the 4 Star Rating excel in the use of most of the practices that best prepare children for kindergarten. They do all of the things One, Two and Three-Star programs do, and also:
Are committed to school readiness by using best practices in child assessment, and always working toward making instruction more individualized, stimulating and language-rich in order to promote critical thinking.
Have education credentials, are committed to ongoing professional development and have volunteered for training in most of the following: key areas of children’s development; cultural and socio-economic differences between families; practices that support inclusion; offering healthy meals; and engaging children in physical activity and active play.
Develop strong relationships with families by doing most of the following: sharing assessment results, helping them access family support services, and providing information in parents’ primarily languages.
As a Parent Aware Star Rated program, Houston Pre-Kindergarten program is being featured on the new Parent Aware website. And, a large-scale advertising campaign has been started promoting all Parent Aware Star-Rated programs to parents throughout the state.
Congratulations Houston Pre-K and Teachers Jamie Woodard and Amy Todd!