BUCYRUS — Fairway Preschool, part of the Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities, received a 5-star rating from the Ohio Department of Education in the new Step Up to Quality rating system, which is based on national research standards.
Step Up to Quality is Ohio’s rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Participating programs can earn from one to five stars. All Early Learning Childhood Education and Preschool Special Education Programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education are mandated to participate in Step Up To Quality and are required to achieve a rating of 3, 4, or 5 to maintain state funding, as well as administer and report on the Early Learning Assessment for all early childhood education and preschool special education funded children.
Under the leadership of Special Education Supervisor Kathy Wells, the preschool team submitted a comprehensive written report detailing the operations and practices of Fairway preschool. This fall, the Ohio Department of Education conducted an on-site visit which included interviews, classroom observation, reviews of lesson plans and the comprehensive application.
According to Wells, “The five star rating is based on four different domains: learning and development, staff qualifications and professional development administrators,” said Kathy Wells, Special Education Supervisor. “This was truly a team effort. I am so very proud of the staff. We are a team in every sense of the word and we have a quality program. When your child attends Fairway you become a part of a very special family. We love what we do!”
For more information about Fairway preschool, call the preschool office at 419-563-9280.
The Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 1650 E.Southern Ave, Bucyrus, servers more than 350 children and adults at Fairway School, public schools, Waycraft Industries and other private providers.