Porterville College

PC Child Development Center has received a 5 Star Rating from the State of California.

"Late in the Fall of 2016, the Child Development Center on campus voluntarily agreed to participate in the State of California Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). This rating systems is designed to give child care centers an opportunity to show they go above and beyond to provide high quality care to the children and families they serve.  A team of evaluators came to the center to access in the following areas:  children’s assessment tools used, health screening, staff qualifications and professional development, CLASS (an observation assessment), ratios and group size, learning environment and curriculum, and administrative qualifications.  After several months of evaluating, the center was awarded the highest possible rating, which is 5 Stars. 

Given the fact that only 10 percent of early childhood providers across the United States are considered high quality, it is nice to know that Porterville College CDC is within that 10 percent!"  -Karen Ball, Child Development Center Program Manager


Quality Matters 

Numerous studies show that when children receive high quality care and education during their first five years of life, they are more ready for school, they are better readers, and they are more likely to graduate from high school. These are realities that concern every child, every family and every member of our community. 

How they determine Quality and assign stars 

Early care providers and educators who are rated by Early Stars are committed to quality. Early Stars assesses them and provides a star rating based on quality elements that include the following:

  • Ratios and group size: More teachers and smaller group sizes help staff spend more quality, engaged time with individual children.
  • Learning activities: Daily learning activities support each child's interests, growth, and development, as well as culture and home language.
  • Environment: The setting allows children to learn and develop to their fullest potential. This includes high interest activities, safety, and staff interactions with children in a safe and healthy environment.
  • Health and child development: A child's overall well-being is supported. This includes his or her physical growth, as well as ability to learn and get along with others.
  • Staff training and education: Directors and teachers are trained in child development and early learning. Some have college units or college degrees.

​See our 5 star rating here, on Tulare County Office of Education's website, which lists Rated Sites in Tulare County. 

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