CSUB Receives 5-Star Rating From Kern Early Stars Program

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) Foundation Children’s Center has received a 5-Star rating from the Kern Early Stars Program (KESP). The 5-star award indicates that the Center sustains an outstanding early childhood educational program that promotes and improves the development of young children. The Stars program is part of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for Kern County which is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality early and school-age care and education programs.

Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, QRIS awards quality ratings to early and school-age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. By participating in the QRIS, early and school-age care providers embark on a path of continuous quality improvement. The Center’s rating was based on targeted child observations, developmental health screenings, qualifications of lead teachers and effective student-teacher interactions. Along with the 5-star rating, the Center was also awarded a $50,000 KESP Block Grant to support teacher and staff development and for equipment upgrades. In addition, the Block Grant will provide students with additional learning materials to improve their readiness to successfully enter and thrive in kindergarten programs.

“Working with the children and knowing that we have a positive impact on their lives is a reward in itself,” said Children’s Center Director, Gladys Garcia-Jara. “Being recognized at this level is a proud accomplishment for all of us here at the Center.”

CSUB’s Children’s Center provides quality pre-K care and educational services to children from 18-months to five-years-old. During the summer, it is open to school-age children. The Center currently uses a STEAM curriculum, which exposes children to topics in science, technology, engineering, art and math. 

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