Map: Vt. Qualified Preschool Programs in the Upper Valley

Friday, September 02, 2016

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The Valley News produced this map of preschool programs in the Upper Valley that are qualified by the Vermont Department for Children and Families Child Development Division using information from the state. These programs qualify for public funds for 10 weekly hours of preschool. The information on this map is current through Sept. 1, 2016.

Read more about prequalified programs in the Valley News on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 and at www.vnews.com.

Original Data

The database used to produce this map is available at this link: http://bit.ly/2clPpOr

STARS rating

In STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System), Vermont DCF rates preschools on a scale of one to five stars. Only programs at three stars and above can be prequalified. Here is what DCF says about the meaning of the STARS ratings:

“One-star programs are examining their practices to enhance the services they provide. They may be fairly new, just starting on a path of improvement and growth, or be stronger in one area.

“Two-star programs are making a commitment to strengthen their practices. They may have made some progress in many areas or more progress in one or two areas.

“Three-star programs have made improvements and are working to reach specific goals. They have either made substantial progress in two or three areas or have made some improvements across all five areas.

“Four-star programs are established programs that have met several standards of quality in all five areas. Many four-star programs are also nationally accredited.

“Five-star programs are outstanding in all five areas. Many five-star programs are also nationally accredited.”

Read more: http://dcf.vermont.gov/childcare/parents/stars


For questions about this map or to report an error, please email Maggie Cassidy at mcassidy@vnews.com.