Children’s Progress Update: Keystone STAR 3 and 4 Programs, 2012-13

The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) released Children’s Progress Updates for four-year olds enrolled in Keystone STAR 3 and 4 programs in the 2012-13 program year. Updates show children are progressing throughout the program year and are coming to school ready to learn, with the percentage of four-year olds with proficient academic and social skills doubled to 81 percent after participating in Keystone STARS 3 and 4 programs in 2012-13.

Observing and assessing children’s progress is a key component to a quality early childhood education program and included in the quality expectations of these three programs. Teachers share individual child progress with their families and use the information to refine teaching techniques and learning activities to best meet the needs of their students.

In addition to child observation, each of these programs implements research-based quality standards such as effective teachers, curriculum aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards, and family engagement.