At The Forest Ridge School, we know the first five years are critical to children’s development. The quality of programs serving young children matters. Children who attend a high quality early learning program come to kindergarten ready to learn, do better in school and are more likely to graduate high school, attend college and get good jobs.
Our program is committed to supporting Pennsylvania’s quality initiative, the Keystone STARS Program. Our child care program participates in Keystone STARS and is currently a STAR 4 family childcare home. This program is an initiative of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services' (formerly DPW) Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.
Being a STARS participant means we are required to meet specific standards which are assessed on yearly basis. The quality standards measure:
-Staff education and training specific to working with young children
-Classroom and learning environments equipped with materials & activities to promote learning
-Including families and the larger community in supporting children’s learning
-Leadership and management practices that ensure the program is not only safe, but thrives.
For more information on PA's Keystone STARS program, click here.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
— George Bernard Shaw
Our program hopes to become NAFCC accredited in 2016-17. Click here for additional information on the accreditation process.