July 21, 2017 /
Press Release, June 2014
The Learning Tree of Temple Beth El of Fort Myers, Inc is proud to announce their achievement of a FIVE STAR RATING from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. The Learning Tree preschool was the only “Southwest Florida Stars” applicant in the four county area (Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades) to achieve FIVE STARS in this first year of the initiative.
Southwest Florida Stars is voluntary Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) used to improve and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. Similar rating systems are in place in 22 states nationwide and are designed to assess, improve, and communicate the quality of local programs. They provide an excellent tool for parents seeking quality early learning environments for their children, much as a family may rely on restaurant or hotel ratings for information to distinguish one environment from another. President of The Learning Tree’s Parent Advisory Council, Kathy Vatthyam, says, “Being part of a school community that works together for excellence has been such a positive experience for us. It has benefited our children successfully every step of the way!”
To achieve a star-rating, programs voluntarily demonstrate how they go beyond state licensing standards to meet national standards for best practice in high quality early childhood education. The areas assessed by Southwest Florida Stars are:
The Learning Tree’s Preschool Director, Jesyca Virnig, was ecstatic to hear the great news of their FIVE STAR rating, “I am so proud of our teachers, they worked really hard for this! To earn five stars the teachers opened their doors and welcomed every aspect of their classrooms to be examined. We know that every book on our shelves, every science and math activity has been thoughtfully prepared to represent best practices for children. Teachers were observed to evaluate how their interactions extend children’s thinking and provide a positive climate for learning. It is a wonderful feeling to offer a top notch program for our children. And we have continuous goals for self-improvement and growth in the coming year!”
The Learning Tree is a non-profit preschool offered by Temple Beth El of Fort Myers. The main preschool day is 9:00-1:00 with schedules for children to attend Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Monday-Friday. There is also early care and after care available for a longer day of 8:00-4:00 when needed.