Kids X-Cel obtains star rating

NEW ULM – Kids X-Cel Center in New Ulm, an early learning center for children six weeks old up to kindergarten, recently obtained a Two Star Rating during their first assessment by Parent Aware, a rating tool designed to help parents find the highest quality child care and early education providers in Minnesota.

“We applied for a two star rating so that we can spend additional time researching and learning new processes before implementing them at the center. We want to be sure every change adds value to our program,” said Brenda Berg, Executive Director.

The One-to-Four Star Rating is the result of a thorough, six-month-long process that involves learning, coaching and training.

Through Parent Aware, providers volunteer for an objective assessment of their program. The assessment looks at a number of proven quality-indicators and measures a number of kindergarten-readiness factors like physical health and well-being, teaching and relationships, assessment of child progress and teacher training and education.

“We strive for ongoing quality improvements at Kids X-Cel Center. We know we do a good job, and we want to keep getting better and better,” added Berg.

While participants are given a one-to-four star rating, earning any rating signifies the extra effort and commitment a provider has to quality. “We volunteered for Parent Aware,” Berg continued. “We believe our participation in Parent Aware is another way of showing our commitment to children and their families. We want to give them a great start during their preschool years so they can hit the ground running when entering kindergarten. We want to help each child achieve his or her potential, to be the best they can be.”

The rating acts as a Consumer Reports-style symbol of quality and is posted to the Parent Aware website – www.parentawareratings.org. Parents are then able to search the site to get information that is useful and easy to understand.

More information is available on www.parentawareratings.org under “Provider Resources.”

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