STONE CREEK -- In recognition of excellence and an ongoing commitment to children, Cherubs of Grace Preschool, located in Stone Creek, has received a Two-Star Step UP To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Bureau of Child Care and Development, the state agency responsible for licensing and promoting high standards among Ohio's early care and education programs.

"We congratulate Cherubs of Grace Preschool for its high-quality early care and education program that goes above and beyond Ohio's licensing standards. By reaching for the stars, Cherubs of Grace Preschool is helping our youngest children develop a warm, nurturing environment that fosters growth and a love for learning," said Terrie Hare, chief, Ohio Bureau of Child Care and Development.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio's voluntary rating system for early care and education programs.

Participants can earn a one, two or three-Star Raring by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. For information, visit www.stepuptoquality.org.