Friday, August 03, 2001

Day care centers get report cards

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Ratings for 77 child-care programs that volunteered to be checked for quality were released by the state Thursday.

        The rating system, which has four levels, was part of an early-childhood initiative that became law last year. The idea was to give parents a guide in searching for child care.

        None of the day-cares in Northern Kentucky counties was among those that volunteered to be rated.

        Day-cares and other types of licensed programs are judged on such things as curriculum, staff-to-child ratios, levels of staff education and training and degree of family involvement.

        A center can improve its rating with lower ratios; extra training, higher pay and benefits for staff; and more than minimal family involvement, among other things.

        The system remains voluntary but was opened to licensed programs statewide July 2, according to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development.

        Fulton County Head Start was alone among the 77 pilot-project programs in receiving the highest ranking, Level 4. .

        Other centers, with rank levels in parentheses:

        • Breathitt County: Breathitt Montessori (3) and Miller II and Miller III (2).

        • Casey County: Child Heaven (1), Kids Team (2), Liberty (2) and Middleburg (2) Head Starts.

        • Clay County: Buckhorn Montessori Preschool (3), Daniel Boone Child (1) and Island Creek (3) Day Cares.

        • Elliott County: Lakeside (2) and Sandy Hook (3) Head Starts and Sarah's Place (3).

        • Floyd County: Baptist Learning Center (1), Mountain Christian Academy Preschool (3).

        • Graves County: It Takes a Village (2), Little Lambs a'Learning (1), Reba's House Home Nursery (1), Stepping Stones Learning Center (1), Tiny Tots Child Care Center (2) and Farmington (1), Lowes (2), Sedalia (1), Symsonia (2) and Mayfield-Graves County (2) Y's Guys.

        • Hardin County: ABC Playland (1); Amos House Child Care Facility (2); Caldwell Child Development Center (2); G.C. Burkhead (1),Lincoln Trail (1), Meadowview (1), New Highland (1), Parkway (1), Rineyville (1) Elementary School Age Child Care; Primary House I (1), II (2), III (2), IV (2); Severns Valley Baptist Church (1); Vine Grove (1) and Woodland (1) elementaries.

        • Lawrence County: Genesis Child and Family Development Center (2), Lawrence County Head Start (3).

        • Madison County: Berea Children's Center (1), Berea College Child Development Lab-Jefferson Street (1) and Knapp Hall (2), Berea Head Start (3), Grow and Learn of Berea (2), Harvest Day Care (2), Madison (1) and Richmond (1) Montessoris, Richmond Child Care (2), Richmond Head Start (3), Small World Child Care (1), Stepping Stones for Children (1), The Growing Place (1).

        • McCreary County: Eagle Child and Family Development Center (3); Kids World Day Care (2); Pine Knot Academy for Children (3); Pine Knot (2), Smithtown (2) and Whitley (2) Head Starts, Step Ahead Learning Center 1 (2) and 2 (2), Wee Ones Child Development Center (2).

        • Metcalfe County: Busy Town (3), Giggle Box (2).

        • Owsley County: Owsley County Early Childhood (2).

        • Perry County: Chavies (3), Community (3) and Little Folk Shoppe (3) Head Starts; Hazard Lion's Montessori (3), Starland (3), Starland Too (2), Walkertown SACC (3), Wonderland Education Center (2).


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