BrightStars Program Focus: The Children’s Workshop-Westerly
The Children’s Workshop – Westerly was first rated by BrightStars in September 2014, and has worked diligently to continually improve the quality of its programming since. This month, The Children’s Workshop increased their overall star rating to 4 Stars. The program’s director, Chrissy Stanlewicz, and staff have worked incredibly hard to increase the program’s overall Environment Rating Scale (ERS) scores. The team worked collaboratively with BrightStars throughout this process, and partnered with BrightStars by providing their program as a site for practice observations for BrightStars staff training on the ERS tool and the tablets used to conduct observations. The program then had the opportunity to use these scores to increase their rating. Chrissy said, “I am very proud of the dedicated team of educators that provide high quality care to our children. Through our teachers’ hard work and implementation of BrightStars standards, we were able to achieve a high quality rating."
The Children’s Workshop has 11 unique child care sites across the state of Rhode Island that are all rated by BrightStars. The President and CEO of Children’s Workshop, Maggie Teller, is committed to achieving the same level of quality across all 11 sites. “The Children’s Workshop is a very proud partner, participant, and supporter of BrightStars; we’ve been working toward increasing our star ratings at all of our RI schools and I am beyond proud of our Westerly team for achieving a 4 star rating,” she said. She also shared, “The Children’s Workshop in Westerly is also NAEYC accredited – we are very proud of our Westerly team for their hard work and dedication to the highest levels of quality in early childhood education!”
We at BrightStars look forward to The Children’s Workshops’ continued commitment to serving Rhode Island’s children!