The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is proud to announce The Sunshine School located in Marietta, GA has been named to the Quality Rated Class of 2012 by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). This recognition by the state solidifies the Sunshine School’s unique status as consistently delivering high-quality, star-rated care and education to Georgia’s youngest learners.

The Sunshine School has a Quality Rated 3-star rating and is one of 126 providers in Metro Atlanta and one of only five in Marietta included in this exclusive group. The Quality Rated Class of 2012 have been singled out for being among the first group to participate in the Quality Rated process when the program launched in 2012, for earning a 1-, 2-, or 3-star rating by July 2013, and for maintaining a star rating continually over the past 10 years.

“The members of the Class of 2012 are the brightest of all the Quality Rated stars,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy Jacobs. “They have made early and sustained commitments to the goal of creating high-quality, nurturing environments for Georgia’s youngest learners that have contributed significantly to Quality Rated’s success during its first decade.”

“It is an honor to be recognized for a decade of excellence in our education programs,” said MJCCA Preschools Director Kim Sucan. “The mission of all MJCCA Preschools is to provide the highest quality care and education for our community members. This recognition is a major milestone for our teachers and staff and highlights our ongoing dedication to providing top quality education across Metro Atlanta for young learners from all backgrounds and skill sets.”

To earn a Quality Rated 1-, 2-, or 3-star rating, providers must meet a list of requirements that exceed state licensing standards. They demonstrate their commitment to structural quality by submitting a portfolio with evidence of qualified administrators and staff; high standards for child physical, emotional, and developmental well-being; robust family engagement activities, and intentional teaching practices. Over the past 10 years, the Quality Rated star rating has become a symbol of excellence that providers across the state covet and that gives parents confidence that their children are receiving high-quality care and education.

MJCCA Preschools are a place where children develop a love of learning and families find a community that lasts a lifetime. In addition to The Sunshine School, the MJCCA has two preschools – The Weinstein School and The Schiff School – offering unparalleled curriculum and flexible options for families. To learn more about the MJCCA preschool programs, please visit: MJCCA Preschools.