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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement system, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

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Meet our New Program Assessment Specialist: Alex!

What is your professional background?

My professional background involves experience in a little bit of everything, but I identify my professional background mostly with social work. In 2013, I taught an English Second Language Class at the Cape Henlopen Public Schools in Delaware for a year. Afterwards, I pursued service abroad with the Peace Corps on the coast of Ecuador for two years. My main project involved risk management and awareness about first aid, fire prevention, rip currents, and marine biology. After I completed my service abroad, I became interested in law and worked as an advocate for farmworkers across the state of New York. During the harvest season I explained health insurance, wages, taxes, and labor rights to hundreds of apple, dairy, bean, and produce farmers. One of my most enjoyable work experiences recently includes interpreting at the Rhode Island Free Clinic as a volunteer. I was able to offer help to those in desperately in need of medical and mental professional attention.

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BrightStars Program Focus- Over the Rainbow II- Providence, RI

BrightStars is happy to report that Over the Rainbow II has renewed their participation and has earned 4 stars!

Over the Rainbow Learning Center II is located in Providence and it is the second center of Over the Rainbow Learning Centers. The center has 1 infant classroom, 1 toddler classroom, and 1 preschool classroom. The program’s philosophy is geared to providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is presented in a nurturing, fun and creative way that encourages the power of play. Along with providing a curriculum that encourages children to explore, manipulate, and problem solve, the teachers at Over the Rainbow provide meaningful lessons for each child’s individual learning style, and goals. With bi-lingual teachers, the center is able to incorporate Spanish into their lessons.

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