Goshen Local School District

Goshen Early Childhood Programs Earn a 5 Star Rating

A big congratulations is in order for our Early Childhood educators and support staff. These staff members have put in countless hours of paperwork submission, classroom observations, and document completion by the entire preschool staff to earn this rating!  Please join us in congratulating our PreSchool Director Chalee Stevens and her staff, Jessica Lymburner, Carrie Harris, Faith Tedrick, Molly Hatfield, Jamie Warren, Heather Baumann, Jennifer Bruni, Laura Giordano, Gail Parks, Becky Foster, Kelly Doan, Yvonne Chmura, Betsy Weismann, Bev Price, Laura Scheffer, and Kate Hurst on all of their hard and tireless work with our youngest Goshen Warriors!  
Goshen's Preschool offers four- and five-day integrated programs for special needs students and typically- developing students who serve as role models. Goshen's Preschool currently serves more than 90, three, four and five year old students.
 
"The Goshen Preschool is proud to be a five-star program. From birth until the start of kindergarten there are approximately 2000 days and every day matters. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning," said Goshen Preschool Director, Chalee Stevens.
 
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.
 
Step Up To Quality uses a quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs. Programs can earn a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-Star Rating by meeting Ohio’s quality program standards. Achieving a 5-Star Rating means that our Goshen programs have demonstrated a level of quality that meets all the requirements.
 
Here are some examples of the level of quality related to the 5-Star level:
  • Administrators and teachers hold higher education qualifications than 3-Star programs.
  • Administrators and teachers demonstrate the value of ongoing professional development by completing more than the required 20 hours of specialized training every two years.
  • The needs, interests and abilities of children are the basis for developing experiences and activities.
  • Teachers use child assessment results to plan activities and make changes to their classroom to best support learning and development goals for each child.
  • Program has an active and organized parent volunteer group.
  • Families and community partners’ input is used to inform the program’s continuous improvement process.
  • Programs work collaboratively with families to share assessment results, create goals for children and develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
  • Programs work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
  • Lower Teacher/Child Ratios.
  • Program is accredited by an approved organization.