In 2012, we will continue to test a Quality Rating & Improvement System in the "real world". Our goals are to increase the quality of early childhood programs in our community by:
• Using research-based standards as a "road-map" to high quality early learning. We will define benchmarks and data collection processes to measure the extent to which programs meet the revised STAR Quality Framework.
• Recruiting an additional 18 early childhood programs to earn a STAR rating in 2012, for a total of 35 STAR rated early childhood programs in Cass County. Taken together these programs will serve approximately 15% of children birth-five in Cass County.
• Developing key messages to educate our community about the importance of early learning.