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The Music Settlement Early Childhood School Programs Receive 5-Star Award

Posted November 11, 2014 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Lynn B. Johnson, MFA
The Music Settlement
(216) 231-5046
ljohnson@themusicsettlement.org

THE MUSIC SETTLEMENT EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL PROGRAMS
RECEIVE 5-STAR AWARD
Highest Step Up To Quality Rating, best non-Head-Start Preschool in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2014 – The Music Settlement of University Circle announced today that its Preschool, Day School, and Kindergarten was awarded “a 5-Star Rating for meeting the quality standard established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education,” according to the State of Ohio.

The 5-Star Award is the highest-possible award. The Music Settlement is the first program in Cleveland to receive a 5-Star Award from Step Up To Quality and is one of five programs in Cuyahoga County to reach this level of excellence.

According to the Settlement’s congratulatory certificate from the State of Ohio, “Step Up To Quality is a Five-Star Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System created to recognize and promote early learning and development programs that meet quality standards over and above the health and safety licensing requirements.”

“We have always known that our music-infused, process-based school programs are unique to Cleveland,” said TMS President and CEO Charles Lawrence. “It’s wonderful to receive this highest-possible rating in advance of our new-family Open House events on November 16 and January 11.”

The Music Settlement’s Preschool, Day School, and Kindergarten also exceed the national quality standards established by Universal Pre-Kindergarten of Cuyahoga County. Parents are encouraged to attend the free Early Childhood Open House events on Nov. 16 and Jan. 11, both from 1:00-2:30 at 11125 Magnolia Dr., Cleveland 44106.

“We are thrilled with the efforts of our faculty and staff to meet the rigor of requests during the two-day review process, while continuing to teach and provide outstanding-quality education for our young students and families,” said Center for Early Childhood Chair Karen Heitlinger. “It’s truly our honor to provide the best early childhood educational programs for our youngest greater Clevelanders.”

About The Music Settlement
A hidden gem of University Circle, The Music Settlement offers music therapy, early childhood education, and music instruction to people of all ages and levels of experience in Northeast Ohio. Founded by Almeda Adams in 1912 as part of the Settlement movement and featuring a campus that includes the 1910 Burke Mansion and the BOP STOP, The Music Settlement is the most beautiful place to learn music in Cleveland. With programs for students from 3 weeks old to retirement and beyond, The Music Settlement is pleased to be inspiring a second century of generations of music. TMS is online atwww.TheMusicSettlement.org and facebook.com/TheMusicSettlement.

Image: The Music Settlement’s early childhood students celebrate as Director of Buildings and Grounds Jack Sharpe hangs the school’s new 5-Star Award Winner Step Up To Quality banner. Photo Credit: Kathy Grau, The Music Settlement

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