BrightStars - Rating system for Rhode Island child care centers and preschools

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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 BrightStars Navigator: Jen!

What is your professional background?
My professional background consists of over a decade of classroom experience at the preschool level. I have taught in age-specific preschool classrooms, as well as multi-age preschool settings that served preschool children ages 3-5. During my time spent in the classroom, I especially enjoyed integrating multi-sensory experiences, nature, kindness, yoga, and open ended art experiences into the curriculum daily. As I taught over the years, I also learned so much from my young students!  Most recently, I served as an administrator at an early learning center. I found this position rewarding as I had the honor of mentoring emerging early childhood educators as well as working alongside some inspiring longtime early childhood educators.

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Meet our new Program Assessment Specialist: Emily!

What is your professional background?
In college, I volunteered at a childcare center to fulfill my community service requirement, and I fell in love with the school, the staff, and of course, all the children there. After my service hours were done, I became a substitute teacher, and then upon my graduation, I was offered a full time position as their Infant classroom teacher. I then chose to pursue a new opportunity in a much more corporate environment, answering phone calls and processing peoples’ refinance and home purchase transactions from a title perspective, along with organizing and implementing a New Hire Orientation Program. I learned a ton in my 3 ½ years there, but truly missed working in a field and environment that is fulfilling and rewarding. When I learned that RIAEYC was hiring, I knew I had to give it a shot and try to get back into the field I am passionate about.

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