Frisco preschool earns high marks |

Frisco preschool earns high marks

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

FRISCO Summit County Pre-School improved its rating from two to three stars since its evaluation a year ago, according to this years assessment of the school by Qualistar Early Learning, a Denver-based nonprofit organization.Qualistar derived the preschools rating by combining statewide referrals to child care programs with a uniform rating system to measure the quality of those programs.We are so excited by this rating, the preschools executive director Kristin Radloff said. In its second year of participation in the rating system, Qualistar evaluators visited the school for six days, she said. They assessed all the schools learning environments, health and safety of students, family partnerships, training and education of staff, adult-to-child ratios and accreditation.In all the evaluation areas we improved, Radloff said. The school received Qualistars report last week, which praised the schools efforts and, at the same time, suggested further improvements.Participation in the evaluation process is optional for Colorado preschools.For the staff and board to do this is really commendable, said Lucinda Burns, executive director of Early Childhood Options in Dillon, a local early childhood services organizing agency. Were so excited Summit County Pre-School has shown a commitment to improving quality of services to children and families, she added. Three stars is very good.Qualistar Early Learning developed the ratings system to give parents a reliable, unbiased evaluation of the quality of child care providers. Participation is a lengthy process, Burns said. Each school is required to submit an extensive self-evaluation. While other county preschools are initiating the evaluation process, none are as far along as the Frisco school, she said.Radloff said the staff members deserved credit for their hard work.It takes it above licensing requirements and looks at quality, she said.Summit County Pre-School, established in Frisco by a group of parents in 1974, provides daycare and preschool instruction to children from infancy to age 4.Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13624, or at

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