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Falcon Fives Pre-K Program Earns 5-Star Step Up to Quality Award




 In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Austintown Falcon Fives Pre-K Program has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.  

This rating means that the Falcon Fives Pre-K Program engages in the highest quality education for all preschool students and their families. 

In order to earn the five star rating, programs must meet all standards of a four-star rating. The Falcon Fives Pre-K Program has met all required standards and exceeded them in the following areas:

  • The program has a lower staff/child ratio.

  • The program administrator and teachers have higher educational qualifications.

  • Teachers develop lesson plans that support each child’s growth. They also share assessment results with families to create goals for their children.

  • The Falcon Fives Pre-K students leave us Kindergarten ready!

  • Falcon Fives Pre-K Program values and works with various organizations and businesses within the community, to support children and their families. They also have an active and organized parent volunteer group.

  • The Falcon Fives Pre-K Program garners input from families and community partners’ to inform the program’s continuous improvement process. 

“The Falcon Fives Pre-K Program is proud to be a five-star program,'' said Holly Welch, Director of the Falcon Fives Pre-K Program. “We know that children have approximately 1,892 days from birth until school starts, and every day matters. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning.” 

The Falcon Fives Pre-K staff includes: Lead Teachers, Tammy Romeo and Stacey Boccieri; Assistant Teachers, Carla Hood and Sabrina Bliss; Coordinator, Katie Emler; & Director, Holly Welch.

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