VINTON — Vinton Elementary, along with other Gallia County Local elementary schools, will be celebrating their recent recognition as a five-star preschool program according to the “Step Up to Quality” program standards.
According to jfs.ohio.gov, “Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.”
“It’s brought a different element to our school,” said Vinton Elementary Principal Leslie Henry. “The youngest kids we’ve had in our school have always been the kindergartners. Having 3 and 4-year-olds brings a different element to that. It’s been a great addition. One thing we have seen is that after the first year of transition from preschool to kindergarten is that they are truly more ready for school. They’re ready in having some of those foundation skills when it comes to academics. They understand the expectation of the classroom and following directions.”
Henry addressed children and staff members at a gathering in the school cafeteria recently with cupcakes and some juice. She thanked them for their support and wished to recognize the staff who put the effort into making the program what it is today.
The school’s program is accredited and works with other organizations and businesses in the community to support children and families. Teachers and administrators in Vinton Elementary School’s program all meet higher education standards as meeting ongoing education standards. Children are assessed frequently to coordinate activities and changes to classroom environments to meet the needs of learning and development goals for each child.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.