Bundle of Joy Receives a Tier 5 Rating

September 03, 2018

LAKE COUNTY, CALIF (September 4, 2018) – Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool in Hidden Valley Lake received a Tier 5 rating on the Quality Counts California matrix, which measures the quality of child care programs in California. A Tier 5 rating is the highest achievable.

Bundle of Joy is the first family childcare preschool to receive a Tier 5 rating in Lake County.  In December 2017, eight (8) Lake County Office of Education State Preschools each earned a Tier 4 rating. Pine Summit Seedlings Preschool, a family childcare in Cobb, also received a Tier 4 rating this spring.

The Quality Counts California matrix measures the effects of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), a voluntary statewide program introduced into Lake County in 2015 through the Lake County Office of Education (LCOE.)

The primary focus of QRIS is to enhance program quality for all children involved in participating child care programs, and focuses on providing coaching, resources, and support to early care and education programs, in a consistent, statewide manner.

LCOE’s Coordinator for the Lake County QRIS and the Child Care Planning Council, Angela Cuellar-Marroquin and her team performed the rating.

Cuellar-Marroquin explains, “When a child care site chooses to participate, they go through a process of coaching, goal setting, and rating.”

Each program participating in the QRIS program is rated on child development and school readiness, social and emotional development, effective teacher-child interactions, classroom environments, professional development, and family engagement.

Jean Goulart opened Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool Childcare in 2000, and has since perfected her approach that fosters a sense of order, concentration, coordination, independence, creativity and self-esteem for a young child’s developing brain. 

April Strait, QRIS Coach says, “Jean is such a dedicated teacher and childcare provider. It has been a pleasure to work with her.”

Goulart earned her Bachelors of Sciences (BS) at Pacific Union College, Angwin, and her Master’s Degree from the Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena.

Strait adds, “Jean’s commitment to providing a high quality experience for the children is evident in everything she does, from her outdoor classroom environment, her advocacy efforts, and the warm, caring atmosphere she creates every day at her center.”

Lake County Superintendents of Schools Brock Falkenberg says, “I am pleased that our QRIS program under the strong direction of Cuellar-Marroquin is being introduced to so many early childhood educators (ECE) in Lake County. Research shows that quality ECE is associated with higher measures of early language and math development, preparing our youngest members of Lake County for kindergarten.”

If you would like more information about the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) or about joining the Child Care Planning Council, please contact Angela Cuellar-Marroquin, LPC/QRIS Coordinator at 707-262-4162 or via email at acuellar@lakecoe.org.

Find out more about the Bundle of Joy Preschool at bundleofjoychildcare.com (License #173002363.)

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