The two TCESC preschool classrooms at LaBrae Bascom Elementary received a 5-Star Quality Rating as part of Ohio’s preschool quality initiative called Step Up To Quality. The classrooms, taught by teachers Kristina Locy and Karen Cunningham as well as classroom assistants Kimberly Welch and Tammi Jones, were the first TCESC classrooms to be inspected for the rating. They were also two of a few local preschool classrooms to receive the five star rating. Other TCESC classrooms will be inspected within the next two years.
Step Up to Quality is Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system for licensed early care and education programs. The program recognizes learning and development programs that exceed licensing health and safety standards. It is an intensive process that is designed to ensure quality preschool education in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Departments of Education and Job and Family Services implemented the revised 5–Star Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) last fall.