Our Awards

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Gold Seal Award

The Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children. We are proud to hold this distinction as an award for our high quality status.

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A.P.P.L.E. Accreditation 

Accreditation is a process where preschools and child care centers are evaluated and shown to meet high quality standards. When a preschool is accredited by A.P.P.L.E. Accreditation, it has proven itself to be a high quality institution. Only 10% of the nation’s preschools are accredited, and we are one of them! A.P.P.L.E. stands for Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, come in for a visit and see the Sunny Start difference!

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F.A.C.C.M. Membership

From the FACCM website, “FACCM is a nonprofit, professional organization of child care providers dedicated to ensuring the highest quality in the early learning industry through advocacy, education, and accreditation.” F.A.C.C.M. stands for Florida Association for Child Care Management. We enjoy being a part of F.A.C.C.M. and being a voice for children in Florida.

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Quality Counts 

From the Quality Counts website, “Quality Counts is a voluntary rating system that reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards using a five-star method of evaluation and offers support to help providers reach their goals.” We joined Quality Counts by choice to show our commitment to improvement and grow as an academic institution!

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2015 Best of Miami Child Care Award 

We were honored with this prestigious award which recognizes us as one of the best daycare businesses in our area! We stand by our commitment to operate our preschool with integrity and honesty, and are humbled to receive this award, which recognizes all that we work so hard for.

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Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Provider 

A Sunny Start Preschool is a Certified VPK Provider. VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. If you have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program.

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School Readiness Provider 

A Sunny Start Preschool participates in the State of Florida’s School Readiness Program. The School Readiness program offers qualified parents financial assistance for child care through a variety of services. The goal of School Readiness is to provide safe, healthy, and readiness enriched environments that support children and their families so they will enter kindergarten ready to learn. For more information, please visit the School Readiness website.

Testimonial:

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When my daughter was 6 months old, I went to check out A Sunny Start Pre-School. I immediately knew this was the place for her when I was greeted by the infant teacher with a big smile. All the children in the school looked happy and all the classrooms were EXCEPTIONALLY clean and cared for. Four years later, my little girl is about to start VPK at this amazing school. I am heartbroken because she only has one year left here. In this bilingual environment, my daughter learned to sing the ABCs by the time she was 14 months old. She learned her colors and shapes before she was 2. Around 22 months, the teachers were fully invested in helping me get her potty-trained. And around 3 years old, my little girl was learning to write the letters of her name. This school definitely deserves the title “preschool” versus daycare. The teachers and director, Jennifer, make it each moment the students are with them valuable. Students not only excel in academic endeavors, but they are taught respect, good manners, and how to solve conflicts between each other. I credit Sunny Start for fostering a love for learning in my daughter. I feel privileged to have her surrounded by outstanding educators. I really cannot give this school enough praise. The teachers have become near and dear to my heart.

Cyntianna, mom of Brielle and Stella