WCCC has been providing quality early childhood education to the children of the Williamsburg community since 1981, and the four-star rating reinforces the center’s commitment to excellence and forward-thinking education, said WCCC Director Janet Yang.
The Virginia Star Quality Initiative is an agency created to help parents and caregivers find the highest quality childcare programs throughout the state. Each participating preschool, head start, child care program or family child care home is given a star rating, from one to five stars. A four-star rating places WCCC in the top third of well over 300 programs in Virginia.
Programs are currently rated every two years, with ratings based on staff qualifications and on-going professional development, observed teacher-student interactions, student-to-teacher ratios and class sizes, resources and activities available to students and effective classroom instruction. A program with a four-star rating distinguishes itself for exceeding required standards, assuring parents their program is focused on producing a high-quality experience for their children, and reflects a culture of commitment to excellence among staff.
Yang is thrilled with the recent rating, saying, “It is wonderful for our staff to have their hard work and dedication to our program, children and families recognized by the Virginia Star Quality Initiative. We are looking forward to our on-going participation in the Star Quality Initiative, and with Smart Beginnings so that we can continue to improve the quality of programs and services we provide to the children at WCCC.”
WCCC currently enrolls 75 students, aged 6 weeks to 5 years in its four programs; infant, toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten. WCCC adheres to the philosophy of providing a high quality early childhood environment that fosters each child’s healthy emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth and development, with a strong emphasis on family involvement, collaboration with William & Mary and community engagement.