It's been a good 2013 so far, after The Community House's Early Childhood Center received a five-star rating as part of Michigan's "Great Start to Quality" program.
Five stars is the highest rating child care centers and preschools can earn under the system, Michigan's new rating and improvement system for state preschools.
The Community House Early Childhood Center (ECC) was the only preschool in Birmingham to not only earn the five-star distinction, but the only preschool in Birmingham that has yet participated in the Great Start program.
"For more than 20 years, The Community House Early Childhood Center has been providing the highest quality care to children 6 weeks to 5 years in the Birmingham area," said Robin Psenka, co-director of the ECC. "When my co-director, Linda McGuire, and I heard about the 'Great Start to Quality' rating system offered by the state of Michigan, we jumped at the chance to showcase how wonderful our program is."
"After hard work and dedication from all of the teachers, we are thrilled to announced that we have received a five-star rating," she added. "Linda and I had no doubt that our program would show the community how dedicated the ECC is to quality care in this very crucial field of early education."
"Great Start to Quality" awards preschools between one to five starts based on a number of quality standards, including: pediactric and family health, social and emotional health, child care and early learning, parenting leadership and family support.
To search preschools registered with the "Great Start to Quality" program, visit www.greatstartconnect.org.
To enroll your child at the ECC, visit www.communityhouse.com/earlyChildhood. Tuition rates vary from $610 a month for two-days of preschool, to $1,395 a month for infant care. For scholarship information, contact the ECC at 248-594-6411.