COLUMBUS GROVE — In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to
the learning and development of children, Columbus Grove and Ft.
Jennings Early Discovery Preschool programs, operated through the Putnam
County Educational Service Center, have received a Five-Star Step Up to
Quality Award from the State of Ohio, the highest such rating
given to preschool programs.
Step Up to Quality is Ohio's rating
system for learning and development programs. Participating programs
can earn a one to five star rating. Early Discovery preschools:
Incorporate Early Learning and
Development Standards and curriculum.
Have lower staff/child ratios.
Use child screening and assessment
results to plan activities that best support learning and
development goals for each child.
Evaluate child progress to guide
instruction and progress.
Develop plans to support children
as they transition to a new educational setting.
Work with other organizations with
the community to support children and their families.
Use input from families and
community partners' to inform the program's continuous improvement
“Putnam County Educational Service
Center is proud of both Columbus Grove and Ft. Jennings programs in
earning their five-star program award,” said Marcie Osborn, program
“We know that children have have
approximately 1892 days from birth until school starts and every day
matters. It is important to us that children develop their
self-confidence, social and emotional skills and a love of learning.”
Osborn said in addition to Columbus
grove and Ft. Jennings, the Leipsic and Continental preschool
programs are currently in process of earning their award.
“We expect the results to be the same
outcome,” Osborn said.
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 Education and Job and Family
Services are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for
all children in the state.