Tiny Tot Preschool & Kindergarten is part of the Ventura County Rising Star Program. We are so proud of our staff and administration for all the hard work achieving this honor. Rising Stars is an easy-to-follow 5-star rating and continuous quality improvement support for early learning programs which makes it easy for parents to identify quality providers while giving providers the opportunity to promote their programs with Rising Stars validation. Ventura County received funding through F5, CDE, and the RTT-ELC grant to develop the Rising Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to serve the county’s most vulnerable children by developing quality standards, enhancing the accessibility of high-quality early learning programs, providing teachers and administrators with professional development and resources, and financial incentives that support quality.
Parents, teachers, child care providers, policymakers, and the general public realize more than ever that a child’s early years are the most critical for establishing a foundation for learning. With thousands of Ventura County’s children in out-of-home care every day, the quality of that care is vitally important as it impacts a child’s readiness for school. For this reason, one of the most important decisions a family will ever make is choosing the right early learning environment.
Early learning sites, including center-based and family child care, participating in Rising Stars are rated on a scale of 1-5 with 5 as the highest quality. The tier rating is determined by a calculation of several elements of quality, such as ratios and group size, teacher-child interactions, teacher qualifications, the appropriateness of the environment, and developmental assessments and screenings.