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All Fayette County preschool programs receive five-star rating after Ky. Department of Education review

All elementary schools that house a Fayette County Preschool Program classroom received a 5-STAR rating – the highest mark achievable – after a review by the Kentucky Department of Education during the 2016-17 school year.

The findings, which are good for three years, came through STARS for KIDS NOW, which is Kentucky’s quality rating system. KDE officials visited late last spring and gauged the classrooms using the ECERS-3, or Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (3rd edition). The reviewers looked at staff/child ratios, group size, curriculum, room arrangement, and interactions and relationships between staff and children. The strong results reassure families that Fayette County Public Schools provides high-quality care and instruction for preschoolers.

“The ECERS-3 is a research-based instrument that provides a program with detailed information about what is going on in a classroom. Receiving a 5-STAR shows a teacher has taken the time to ensure the classroom environment is equipped to meet the specific needs of young children, positive and meaningful interactions are occurring throughout the day, and a developmentally appropriate experience is provided for all,” said Whitney Stevenson, the district’s associate director of Early Childhood Education. “It is exciting that all FCPS preschool locations meet this high standard of quality. The FCPS preschool teaching staff worked hard for this accomplishment.”

From Fayette County Public Schools

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  1. Jack Irby says:

    Good job! Congrats Fayette County! It’s great to see their high standards for childhood education and it’s paying off for them. Kudos!

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