Avon Lake LEAPS Preschool Earns Quality Honor

Avon Lake Schools Logo_RGBThe Avon Lake City Schools LEAPS (Learning Early and Parent Support) Preschool at Redwood Elementary was recently honored by the state with a Five Star Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) rating.

SUTQ is a five–star quality rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) that recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality benchmarks over and above minimum health and safety licensing standards. The steps are based on national research identifying the program standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.

LEAPS preschool serves approximately 100 students ages three to five.  LEAPS, supervised by Jennifer Fazio, provides an early intervention and educational foundation for all children, including children with disabilities.  The small class sizes and variety of instructional strategies enable students to realize their unique potentials, while exploring their environment and developing in many areas as they prepare for kindergarten.

“Jen Fazio and our LEAPS staff do an outstanding job preparing their students for kindergarten,” said T.J. Ebert, Redwood Elementary School principal. “The Five Star Step Up To Quality rating does not surprise me- the creative planning and teaching techniques to get the most out of their students is amazing. Their hard work and effort is appreciated by Avon Lake families and schools.”

Ohio was the 14th state to implement a tiered quality rating and improvement system statewide. At least 35 states now operate such systems. It awards programs one‐, two‐, three‐, four‐ and five‐star ratings. In order to determine a program’s star rating, reviewers assess how well it is performing in four “domains”: Learning and Development, Administrative and Leadership Practices, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, and Family and Community Partnerships.

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