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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our relationship with Sunny Start began over 5 years ago. We chose Sunny Start Preschool because it was the cleanest and happiest “daycare” we could find. At the time, my daughter was 6 months old. I can tell you now that Sunny Start is so much more than that… For one, IT IS NOT A DAYCARE, but a true preschool. This fall when my daughter started Kindergarten she was beyond prepared and continues to exceed grade level benchmarks. My daughter’s teacher recently mentioned that the 2 students in her class from Sunny Start were the most prepared of all of her students. With our youngest now in her third year at Sunny Start, I would recommend this school in a heartbeat. The dedication of the teachers and administration is obvious. The school is maintained beautifully and is very current on technology. Through the use of technology, Sunny Start provides a secure learning environment with cameras in the classroom and playground, and by employing a biometric system to sign students in and out of school. Additionally, each classroom is equipped with tablets and music which enhances the learning experience. Sunny Start also uses technology for communication with parents through the use of the application Tadpoles, which allows us the opportunity to see photographs of my daughter throughout her day at school. I could go on for days about why I love Sunny Start and the amazing things they do, but instead, I’ll end this by saying, I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my kids!
-Humberto, dad of Brielle and Stella