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BrightStars Program Focus: Virginia’s Family ChildCare

The first in an ongoing series, Quality Improvement Specialist Elena Vasquez nominated Virginia Najarro, owner of Virginia’s Family ChildCare, to highlight as a BrightStars participant making quality improvements in her program to apply best practice to the care that children receive. Stay tuned for more in the BrightStars Program Focus Series!

Virginia’s Family ChildCare, located in Providence, RI, provides early care and education to children between the ages of one and eight years old. Virginia says that the goal of the program is to ensure that children are ready to enter kindergarten and to support school-age children. Virginia’s Family ChildCare follows the philosophy of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky because she believes that children need opportunities to learn in the appropriate environment.

Virginia joined BrightStars in November of 2014 because of its priority to give children the best possible quality early care and education. She believes that it is important to assess the program’s work in order to improve not only themselves but the education system. Virginia’s Family ChildCare has already made quality improvements in areas like child assessment and family communication and involvement. The program now conducts child assessments several times a year followed by family-teacher conferences to inform the families of their child’s individual progress.

Because of these improvements, Virginia’s Family ChildCare recently applied for a star rating increase and was awarded a four star rating. Brightstars is very proud of Virginia’s Family ChildCare and its dedication to the children and families they serve.

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