Mt. Vernon’s Mini-Marauder Preschool has received the title of Level 3 Paths to QUALITY™ Program, which is Indiana’s statewide quality rating and improvement system for early care and education. Childcare providers in Indiana start at Level 1 and work their way towards the national program’s highest accreditation, Level 4. These advancements result in significant quality improvements at each level.
The Mini-Marauder Preschool has accomplished several tasks in order to become the second preschool in Hancock county to reach Level 3. The Mini-Marauder Preschool chose to be a part of the Paths to QUALITY™ program because it has met all basic health and safety standards and demonstrated a commitment to improving program quality. The Mini-Marauder Preschool strives to provide each child with the opportunity for growth intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally within each classroom.
The Mini-Marauder Preschool has also implemented a curriculum that supports children’s learning and school readiness. The importance placed on incorporating staff and family input into the program demonstrates their readiness to grow and improve with new students and circumstances.
Mrs. Laura Durig, Director of Special Education and the Mini-Marauder Preschool shared, "This has been a three-year effort from the MMP staff and they have worked hard to make sure we're providing high-quality early childhood education to our youngest learners at Mt. Vernon. The staff's efforts and dedication to our young Marauders and their families have made this achievement possible."
Improvements have been shown through the establishment of environments that support children’s growth, development, and learning. The presence of a consistent daily schedule, planned activities for children, and relevant program information for families shows the quality of the program as well.
Elizabeth Goff, MMP Coordinator, says, "I could not be more proud of our staff here at the Mini-Marauder Preschool for achieving this goal together as a team. Over the past year, we have really focused on quality, intentions, and passion for nurturing - the philosophy of our program. We are able to show our Mt. Vernon community that Mini-Marauder Preschool is a place that fosters exploratory learning and play while encouraging children to grow and learn on their own level at their own pace. It is a place that is full of nurturing environments and staff who shape the experiences of the whole child. We embody high-quality education."
Goff continued, “Achieving Level 3 means a lot! For me to come in when we were at Level 1, have a pandemic happen, and then for us to accomplish this in such a short amount of time while meeting these health and safety requirements for COVID, that’s really big.”
Only one level away from National Accreditation, Mt. Vernon’s MMP hopes to reach the final level, Level 4, as a three-year goal. By becoming a Level 3 Program, the Mini-Marauder Preschool is entrusted by the state and designated as a preschool that provides high-quality care and learning for today’s kids.