Clark-Shawnee Local School District’s commitment to exceptional early childhood education in the preschool program at Rockway School has earned a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio.
“We know from research that early childhood education can have a significant impact on students,” said Rockway Principal Chrissy Elliott. “At Rockway, we are proud to offer a high-quality preschool program to help children prepare for success in school and to work closely with our students and families to help all students reach their goals.”
The preschool program at Rockway is designed to help students who may need interventions to help them prepare for school with the inclusion of peer models. Preschool students are taught by Mrs. Jennifer James in a nurturing and engaging classroom environment.
Step up to Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating. Programs earning five-stars may have lower staff/child ratios, use child assessment results to plan activities, create goals for students, develop plans to support children in their transition to a new classroom, have accreditation by an approved organization, and utilize parental and community involvement and input to strengthen the program.
“The first years of a child’s life set a foundation for future success,” said Superintendent Gregg Morris. “Providing excellent early childhood opportunities is an important part of our mission to meet our community’s expectations of high-quality education.”
Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to learning and social skills. For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.
To learn more about preschool at Rockway, call 937-328-5378 or visit clark-shawnee.k12.oh.us. To learn more about Step Up To Quality, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.