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Early Childhood Learning Center earns 5 STAR rating

07/27/2017

Parents and children at the MCC Early Childhood Learning Center
Parents and children at the MCC Early Childhood Learning Center

The Mott Community College (MCC) Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) has received a 5 STAR quality rating from Great Start to Quality, the State of Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, preparing children to succeed in school and life. Great Start to Quality rates the level of quality of all licensed and registered child care and preschool programs in Michigan.

The ECLC serves as the laboratory pre-school for MCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, providing extensive hours of teaching experience for students pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood. It provides a high-quality, active learning environment for children aged 2.5 to 5 years of age, where critical and creative thinking is nurtured and celebrated.

“Making sure we provide children in our care with the best experience possible is our top priority,” said Susan Lechota, Director, MCC Early Childhood Learning Center. “By participating in Great Start to Quality, our program has earned recognition for our hard work.”

Most states have quality rating systems for child care and preschool, either under way or in the works. The move comes as more and more research shows learning begins at birth, and high-quality child care and preschool can help children succeed in school, work and life. In Michigan, programs and providers can earn between one and five stars from Great Start to Quality, based on the number of state standards they meet. The ratings are posted at www.GreatStartToQuality.org. More than 60,000 Michigan families use www.GreatStartToQuality.org to search for child care.

“Not only can parents use the website to find high-quality child care, but as a provider of that care, now we have access to ongoing training and opportunities to continuously work to improve our quality of care,” said Lechota.

The ECLC is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through 2019. Accreditation signifies that the center has achieved excellence in providing high-quality early childhood education for young children. In order to receive accreditation, the educational environment must meet the ten NAEYC Program Standards and over 400 related Accreditation Criteria.
“Having received both a 5 STAR rating and NAEYC accreditation means that MCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center is one of the highest-quality child care centers in the state, and among the top child care programs in the nation,” Lechota said.

For more information about MCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center, visit http://www.mcc.edu/eclc/index.shtml.

For more information about MCC’s Early Childhood Education Program, visit http://www.mcc.edu/programs_courses/prog_guide.php?programid=ECED2.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: http://www.mcc.edu/gainful_employ_disclosure/index.php

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July 27, 2017
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