UWFox Children’s Center Receives 5/5 Stars in State Review
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YoungStar program gives UWFox child care near-perfect score
The University Children’s Center at UWFox was recently awarded a five out of five star rating from YoungStar, the program of the Department of Children and Families that evaluates the quality of care for Wisconsin children.
Created by the Department of Children and Families to improve the quality of child care, YoungStar evaluates and rates the quality of care given by providers, setting a consistent standard for quality in the state. In addition to serving as a resource for helping parents choose the best child care programs, it also supports providers with tools and training. The Children’s Center earned 38 out of a possible 40 points in its YoungStar evaluation, with perfect scores in the categories of Learning Environment & Curriculum and Business & Professional Practices.
The University Children's Center was created for children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. Children are enrolled for a two-period or four-period day in either the infant/toddler program (for children 6 months to 2 1/2 years) or the preschool program (for children 2 1/2 years to 6 years). The staff-to-child ratio for the infant/toddler program is 1:4 and 1:8 for the preschool program.
“Our purpose is to help young children learn, grow and feel good about themselves and to support their families as well,” said Wendy Eagon, director of the University Children’s Center. “A child’s emotional development is the basis for all later development. Building positive relationships in the early years provides the building blocks for good mental health, and we support and value families in this process.”
Eagon has worked at the Center since 1981 and employs a staff of three preschool teachers and one toddler teacher. Together they emphasize concepts such as mastering large and small motor skills, developing healthy self image and social relationships, self expression skills, exploring language, art, drama, music, science and literature and curiosity, creativity and problem solving.