Moravian Early Learning Center receives recognition

GNADENHUTTEN -- In recognition of its excellent child care program and its ongoing commitment to children, Moravian learning Center has received a One-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 child care programs.

"Moravian Early Learning Center provides a higher standard of care that exceeds Ohio's licensing standards. This translates to more teachers, a greater commitment to in-service training and a more nurturing environment for children to grow and develop," said Terrie Hare, Chief of the Ohio Bureau of Child Care and Development. "This outstanding commitment to children and early learning is why MELC has earned our One-Star award."

Moravian Learning Center has been in operation since 1982. They are open from September through May and currently serve 69 families within the community. They offer a full day Pre-K program (available as a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday class) and AM Preschool. Afternoon care is also available for those parents who need children to stay after the AM Preschool program. Both classes are taught by teachers whom have associate degrees in early childhood education and both have approximately 20 years experience each.

Step Up To Quality is a voluntary rating system for early care and education programs. Participating programs can earn a one, two or three-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system also gives parents a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs.

"Moravian Early Learning Center is proud to be a One-Star program. We know that learning begins the moment babies open their eyes. Because of that, we are committee dot high-quality care and education. Thank you Ohio for this recognition and thanks to our staff for their outstanding work with children," said Elizabeth E. Mowery, Administrator.

The staff includes Mowery, Administrator/Head Pre-K teacher; Angela Grewell, Head AM Preschool Teacher; Lisa Stanley, Head Pre-K Assistant; Michelle Green, Pre-K Assistant; Rose Stanley, Pre-K and AM Preschool Assistant; Heather Brown, AM Preschool Assistant; and Debbie Wright, AM Preschool Assistant.

The Moravian Early Learning Center will begin open enrollment for the upcoming school year (2009-2010) in January.

For information, call (740) 254-4055.