Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ProJeCt Early Childhood Ed Program Gets Keystone STARS Designation

ProJeCt of Easton’s Early Childhood Education program has achieved the Keystone STARS designation, the organization has announced.

"Our Keystone STARS rating is important to us because it affirms our commitment toward providing quality early learning experiences to the children in our family literacy program," said Kris Hettrick, ProJeCt’s literacy program manager.

Keystone STARS is a state-funded voluntary program that promotes quality in child care, PA Pre-K Counts and Head Start Programs. Programs earn STAR ratings based on quality standards for teachers, classrooms, and program management.

ProJeCt’s Early Childhood Education program is designed for low-income families with children ages three months to five years. Activities promote early reading skills, such as the ability to identify the sounds of letters. Children enrolled in this program also have a parent who is enrolled in one of the organization's adult classes, promoting  family literacy and helping parents develop their skills as their child’s most important teacher.

ProJeCt is a community benefit human service agency founded by local clergy and community. Its services include emergency assistance, a food program, and case management support services that assist people in developing life skills and moving to self-sufficiency. Its educational programs include adult basic literacy, English as a second language, GED preparation, family literacy, and supplemental education programs for school age children.

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