5 Star Rated

As a parent, you always want the best things for your child, especially when it comes to preschool and childcare providers. Primary Beginnings is committed to providing high-quality child care in Raleigh for young children and all of our preschools - Spring Forest, North Hills, and Falls of Neuse have all earned 5-Star Childcare Quality Ratings from the state of North Carolina.

What is 5-Star Childcare?

5-star childcare is accredited to facilities that meet high standards and regulations. The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE) issues star-rated licenses to childcare centers and homes that are eligible. The star rating is based on two factors: program standards and staff education.

One star means that a childcare center or preschool meets the minimum licensing standards for child care. Two to five stars mean that the child care center voluntarily chose to meet higher standards than the minimum, and to what degree. All three Primary Beginnings childcare facilities have been accredited with 5-star childcare, meaning we well exceed the standards that North Carolina sets for preschools and childcare centers.

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Our Five Star Childcare Program

Primary Beginnings takes great pride in showcasing our top-notch daycare facility. In order to achieve a five-star rating, our facility in North Carolina undergoes a thorough evaluation based on various criteria such as play area quality, staff-to-child ratio, and child-adult interactions. Additionally, a preschool seeking a five-star rating must complete an environmental rating scale, which involves evaluators observing children in the environment, assessing health practices, interactions, activities, and safety measures.

The education standards in place do not solely reflect the program provided, but rather the educational achievements of the administrator and staff. In order to receive a minimum star rating, the lead teacher must have obtained a North Carolina Early Childhood Credential. The higher star ratings are determined by the educational and experiential levels of the administrator and teachers, the number of childcare credentials held by the teachers, and the number of teachers with formal education and experience. In summary, a five-star daycare or childcare program signifies that the staff is highly educated and experienced in early childhood development and learning. This level of expertise results in effective center management and enhanced experiences and learning opportunities for your children.

Why Does the 5-Star Childcare & Preschool Rating Matter?

The early years of your child’s life are the most important. Having positive experiences and interactions at this time is crucial for their development. The more time that they spend learning and playing in a stable, nurturing environment during their earlier years of life will set the path for their lifelong development and behavior patterns.

For these reasons, the NCDCDEE developed a rating system so that parents can make informed decisions about their child’s care. A five-star rating, whether it be 5-star childcare or five star daycare, shows not only compliance with state regulations but a commitment to quality child care and early development.

Health and Safety Protocols

All three of our preschools are visited every 6 months to ensure that the program and facilities remain in compliance with state childcare regulations. These inspections, maintained by the NCDCDEE, include health and safety regulations, as well as a sanitation report for which our North Hills, Falls of Neuse, and Spring Forest locations consistently receive “Superior” classifications.

Preschool & Child Care Licenses in Raleigh

For more information about the licensing process and the rating system, please visit North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education online. Make sure that you have all the information to make the best decision for your child’s future.

Schedule a Tour of Our 5-Star Childcare Center in Raleigh

Our 5-star childcare goes above and beyond industry standards to ensure your child has a prosperous development. If you would like to take a tour around either our North Hills location, Spring Forest, or Falls of Neuse location, please fill out the contact form below. We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have!

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