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Southwest Schools’ Preschool Awarded 5 Star Rating by State

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs, with the five star designation the highest rating. Two of the district’s schools – Harrison Elementary and Whitewater Valley Elementary – offer the preschool option, which is a collaboration with the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC).

In addition to working with SLSD to provide the preschool program, the BCESC partners with school districts in Butler County, Ohio and the southwest Ohio region in educating young children.

Step Up to Quality is a single measure of quality for preschool classrooms in the State of Ohio. The ODE Consultant monitored the program's use of child data to inform instruction, staff education and ongoing training, parent and community engagement, and monitored health visits for children.

The purpose of SUTQ is to encourage high quality preschools in Ohio that support the whole child so they are ready for kindergarten and beyond.

“Congratulations to our Early Learning teams at Southwest Local Schools on the rating of 5-Stars by the Ohio Department of Education! We are proud of our continued collaboration with our school districts, both in and out of Butler County, and of the commitment and effort of our entire preschool team in providing high quality preschool education services.” said Sissy Rasmussen, BCESC Early Childhood Special Education Director.

The five stars is awarded to programs for such attributes as: lower staff to child ratios; use of child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child; and use of input from families and community partners as an aspect of the program’s continuous improvement process.

Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills.