Preschool earns highest rating

A Boardman child care center received a coveted award for meeting high standards.

The Boardman United Methodist Preschool and Childcare Center received a three-star rating from the Step Up to Quality program in Ohio. The award is given to schools that excel in benchmarks above state licensing standards.  The three-star rating is the highest a school can obtain.

The rating and inspection was conducted through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Sevices for licensed child care programs. The program is voluntary and school officials can request an inspection and rating.

The Boardman United Methodist Preschool and Childcare Center is only one in four centers in Mahoning County to receive the award.

“We have a very dedicated, caring staff who just go above and beyond and who really worked toward earning this award,” said Mandi Schiadone, director B.U.M.P. “All of our classrooms do have elite teacher alum that have a degree in education. All of our assistant teachers, we had to have at least 50 percent of our assistant teachers have a degree, and we have about 90 percent.”

BUMP also received a $11,500 grant from Step Up to Quality for the three-star rating.

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