Holmes Preschool: FIVE STAR RANKING!

November 28, 2016

Deer Park Schools: 5 Stars for Preschool

After several years of work by the dedicated Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC) Early Childhood Staff and Leadership Team, Deer Park Community City School District is happy to announce the Holmes Early Childhood Center was awarded a 5-Star rating by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a single measure of quality for preschool classrooms in the State of Ohio. The preschool classroom at Holmes received the highest rating in SUTQ, which is five Stars. The ODE Consultant monitored the program's use of child data to inform instruction, staff education and ongoing training, parent and community engagement, and monitored health visits for children. The purpose of SUTQ is to encourage high quality preschools in Ohio that support the whole child so they are ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Dave Bergan, Director of Student Services at Deer Park Schools, says the HCESC preschool program directly benefits the children at Deer Park Schools.

“Hamilton County ESC’s preschool establishes the important foundational building blocks that help students set the path for a successful academic career in Deer Park and beyond. The top level 5 star rating confirms what we've known about the HCESC team: they provide a high quality entrance for our students to school based services,” said Bergan.

The HCESC has partnered with Deer Park Schools in educating young children for over a decade. The Early Childhood classroom has been located in the district for eight years. The HCESC preschool team and the services they provide help all preschool students meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of each child. In the 2017-18 school year, Deer Park Schools will combine these preschool services with access to all-day kindergarten for all of Deer Park students. 

“Congratulations to the Holmes Preschool team on the rating of 5 Stars by the Ohio Department of Education! Our long partnership with HCESC preschool continues to provide high quality programming and services. Great Job to all the members of our Preschool Team!” said Sonny Tudor, Principal at Holmes Elementary.

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