Head Start programs awarded 5 star rating

Staff, students and parents of the Kids Learning Place Head Start classrooms operated by Council on Rural Services in the Benjamin Logan and Indian Lake elementary schools recently celebrated the receipt of the five star Step Up To Quality award with a bowling activity at TP Lanes in Bellefontaine.

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Richard Adams helps his son, Aiden, an Indian Lake Elementary Head Start program participant, line up a bowling ball at a recent family event at TP Lanes held to celebrate the receipt of five-star rating awards by Indian Lake and Benjamin Logan Elementary Head Start programs. (PHOTO | HEAD START)


This is the highest rating available from the quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Christina Neill is head teacher at Ben Logan and Michelle Parsell is head teacher at Indian Lake and both preschools are full day (six and 1⁄4 hours) operating weekdays following the schools’ calendars. Additionally, the Kids Learning Place Head Start center located at the Discovery Center offers a six-hour full year option that runs from July 1 through June 30. That site was the first Logan County center to be awarded starts under this system in 2015 and will be renewing their SUTQ application with a five-star process this fall.

To achieve this award, classrooms must meet high standards

in the following areas:

  • Learning and Development
  • Administrative and Leadership Practices
  • Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
  • Family and Community Partnerships

To enroll in Head Start for the 2018-19 school year, call (937) 292-3092 or (866) 627-4557 or apply at www.kidslearningplace.org.