Visitation Catholic STEM Academy’s preschool (Pre-K) and extended care programs were recently recognized by Early Achievers, a section of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families. Visitation received a 3+ rating for its preschool and extended care programs.
The Early Achiever rating system focuses on improving the quality of early care in Washington (DCYF, 2019). It is a challenging improvement process that is voluntary. Many schools and care centers are not rated and it is based on observable practices that support student growth. Numerous reports and extensive amounts of evidence are submitted as well as multiple on-site visits from representatives of the Department of Early Learning (DEL).
Visitation’s participation in this program is evidence of a commitment to growth and excellence. According to DEL records, in 2014 Visitation received its first daycare license and in 2017 the license became non-expiring. As a fully licensed preschool and extended care program we could have said we are good enough, a lot of other centers do. However, we opted to engage in the Early Achievers rating system, where there are higher expectations for reporting and evidence of growth. This rating process can now serve as another way for our school to identify areas for growth and improvement.