Three-star Rating (Highest Level) by Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services
Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services has implemented a variety of initiatives to improve levels of child care quality in Oklahoma. Their “Reaching for the Stars” program is a four tiered system, which indicates the licensing requirements, training levels and accreditation achieved by various child care programs. Bethany Community School has reached the highest level, a three-star rating, in the “Reaching for the Stars” program. To achieve the three-star certification, in addition to meeting licensing requirements, BCS teachers must receive 20 hours in additional training in child development annually, have a certain percentage of “Master Teachers” with early childhood credentials or degrees, have weekly lesson plans and interest areas to facilitate a variety of activities, involve parents in a variety of ways, read to children daily, and be nationally accredited.
To learn more about the “Reaching for the Stars” criteria check out the DHS website.
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
More than 20 years ago, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created an accreditation system to improve the caliber of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early education experience for their child.
Bethany Community School is accredited by NAEYC, which means that BCS’s program meets NAEYC’s ten standards of excellence in early childhood education. Programs that meet these standards provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well-trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. These programs are continuously improving themselves to provide the best possible educational opportunities for children.
Click here to learn more about the NAEYC’s ten program standards.