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Happy Time gets three stars

Kellie Roberts, left, and Alicia Silberger

VINTON – It remains a common practice for stars to indicate excellence, especially when dealing with young people. So it is with the Happy Time Child Development Center.

The Quality Rating System (QRS) was created in 2006 to raise the quality of child care in Iowa, to increase the number of children in high-quality child care settings, and to educate parents about quality in child care. This voluntary program provides a rating of between one and five stars for providers who go the extra mile to offer exceptional child care.

β€œIt is an ongoing commitment to providing quality child care,” said Roberts.

Roberts said five levels can be achieved and Happy Time recently achieved Level 3. The staff has credit for educational experience, health and safety compliance, working with parents.

Roberts can enter the room when children are present and observe for three hours on how the staff interacts with children, are following the module, the meal program. They make certain the books, blocks and other materials are organized as they should be.