DPS preschool programs earn state's top five-star rating

April 4, 2016
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer 
For Immediate Release

District preschool programs meet the highest standard of quality to prepare young learners

Dayton Public Schools announced today that all 14 of the district's preschool programs reviewed in the first round received Ohio's highest Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award for providing the highest level of quality for young children. They are Belle Haven, Cleveland, Eastmont, Edison, Edwin Joel Brown, Fairview, Horace Mann, Kemp, Kiser, Rosa Parks Early Learning Center, Ruskin, Valerie, Westwood and World of Wonder at Residence Park. The district's five remaining preschool programs are currently part of a group entered in the second round of reviews.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio's rating system that awards one to five stars to learning and development programs that go above and beyond minimum licensing standards. Star-rated programs lay the foundation for children's learning and development and build skills that are important for success in school and in life. Programs with star ratings:

  • Have highly trained teachers
  • Develop children's school readiness skills
  • Are committed to continuous improvement 
  • Value relationships with families and communities

 "Investment in high-quality preschool programming will pay tremendous dividends for our families and our community as more young learners have access to the support they need to become kindergarten ready," Superintendent Lori Ward said. "It's a priority for our district, and our Five-Star rating is recognition of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our children have the best opportunities to succeed before they enter kindergarten."

Families may enroll their children in a DPS preschool program for the 2016-17 school year by contacting the DPS Student Enrollment Center at 937-542-5555 or by logging on to EnrollDPS.com for more information.