Quality Rated Certified

In an effort to continually improve our quality of care at Brenwood Academy we have begun the process of engaging in Georgia’s Quality Rated System for child care facilities. What is Quality Rated? Quality Rated is a system to assess, improve, and communicate quality in Georgia’s early and school-age and education programs. Why does Georgia need Quality Rated? Today, Georgia has more than 6300 early care and education programs. It can be a daunting task for parents and families to research which program is the best fit for their child. Similar to rating systems for other service-related industries like hotels and restaurants, Quality Rated assigns a quality rating to early and school‐age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. How will Quality Rated make a difference to Georgia’s young children and their parents? Research supports that the quality of early care and education and a student’s readiness and ability to succeed in school are clearly connected (Vandell, 2004). Quality Rated will help to raise the standards of early education programs for our youngest learners in Georgia therefore advancing our next generation’s potential. One study that examined children’s outcomes over time in elementary school in light of their participation in quality preschool programs (Peisner-Feinberg and Burchinal, 1997, 1999, 2001) found that children who attended higher quality preschool programs had better language development, problem solving, and social skills. More importantly, the positive effects of a quality preschool experience carried over past kindergarten into elementary…