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Reinbeck Daycare receives level 3 Quality Rating Systems

February 2, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Have you heard about Iowa's Quality Rating System? Eight years ago Iowa started a new state initiative that looked at what Child Care Centers, Preschools and Child Development Homes were doing to improve the quality of care that they provided. Quality Rating Systems are something that is known nationwide and in 2006 when Iowa started their QRS we were the 11th state to join. One of the goals of Iowa's QRS is to help parents choose quality child care settings for their children. Reinbeck Daycare is proud to be one of those quality child care centers with a level 3 rating. We are continuing to work hard to maintain our level 3 status and eventually step a level higher.

How is the Rating determined? A provider completes an application that states they have met specific criteria related to a QRS level. Once the provider has completed the steps to achieve a specific level, the application and documentation is submitted to the QRS Regional Specialist. The official rating is determined by the Department of Human Services. A certificate that indicates the QRS level achieved will be mailed to the provider to be displayed in the home or center. The rating is in effect for two years.

What do the levels mean?

A provider who achieves Level 1 has met Iowa's registration or licensing standards. A provider who achieves Level 2 has received additional training and made the first steps toward improving quality. Providers in Levels 3-5 have made significant steps in meeting key indicators of quality in the areas of:

Professional development

Health and safety

Environment

Family and community partnership

Leadership and administration (Centers and Preschools only)

Why should you choose Reinbeck Daycare as your Child Care Provider? It is important for you to choose the best environment for your child. Reinbeck Daycare is a licensed nonprofit center that serves Reinbeck and surrounding communities. The facility is licensed for 55 children and has been in operation since January 2009. In the last 5 years the center has opened its doors to serve more than 170 families and 250 children. We have also given job opportunities to 100 people. Reinbeck Daycare is dedicated to providing healthy meals and snacks that follow the guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food program, as well as providing care in a loving and safe environment, where children can learn and ask questions, and explore answers as well as solve problems as they grow emotionally, physically, socially, and creatively. We also provide flexibility in hours by being open from 6 AM- 6PM, and provide a variety of field trips and extra activities.

For more information on Reinbeck Daycare or to set up a tour of the facility you may contact Carrie or Robin at the center at 319-788-6120 or ctheesfeld@reinbeckdaycare.com. For further questions about Iowa's QRS please contact the Regional Specialist Mary Janssen at 319-233-0804 ext.206 or mary.janssen@episervice.org.

 
 

 

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