Early childhood receives top ranking from state
"Playing For Keeps" child development center has been awarded a four-star rating by the Texas Rising Star program.
Texas Rising Star is a voluntary rating system for child-care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission's subsidized child-care program. Four stars is the highest achievable rating, and encompasses five grading categories.
Dr. Jacqueline Burnett, Director of Early Childhood for LISD, said the honor is a testament to the quality professionals working at the facility.
"We are so elated that we have achieved the 4-star rating," she said. "Our staff believes and continuously strives to provide the best educational experiences from the infants to preschool."
A day-care center used by district students and staff, Playing for Keeps was established in 2008 with the intent of providing students who have children with a place for child care while they continue their education.
Dr. Burnett said achieving this rating fulfills Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox and the LISD Board of Trustees' vision of "Believing in Excellence for All."
"Our goal at Playing for Keeps is to provide a nurturing environment, that children learn from their own interests and discoveries,increasing their self-esteem and developing to their full potential.
Wilcox praised Dr. Burnett and her colleagues for holding the highest standards for some of Longview's youngest "stakeholders."
"Numerous studies demonstrate that the attributes of a strong education are often cultivated at the earliest ages," he said. "It's very rewarding to see our early-childhood professionals show their commitment to the children of our community by ensuring they have the best possible start to their education."