Donna's Learning Center has earned a STAR Rating!!!!!!
IdahoSTARS has implemented a Quality Rating and Improvement System which is a voluntary program. The quality of the facility is rated through a system of five stars, similar to ratings for hotels, movies, and restaurants.
The QRIS has three goals: inform parents' choices, improve the quality of child care, and implement Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education. Strengthening Families is a child abuse and neglect prevention framework that focuses on supporting family strengths through positive child care provider/parent relationships.
Child care facilities participating in QRIS earn points and an overall rating based on eight Quality Standards: Environment, Education, Professional Development, Inclusion, Strengthening Families, Child-to-staff ratio, Group Size, and Business Practices.
The QRIS includes a built-in-system for improvement in each standard. In this way, the QRIS credits facilities for the quality practices already in place while providing a road map to increase quality.
The QRIS was designed with input from child care providers, professionals, and community members in pilot trials during 2007 and 2008 and opened state-wide on January 1, 2010.
My two little ones have a terrific time at Donna's and both are really
thriving since they entered her care a few months ago. I've especially
seen a positive change in my son's behavior - he's calmer, more
confident, and generally happier than I've seen him in a long time.
Donna provides an environment that's nurturing, fun, and loving. My kids
are happy to be dropped off in the mornings, and they're often
reluctant to leave at the end of the day, which shows me they really
enjoy being in Donna's care. My son has been working through some
behavioral issues, and Donna has been a wonderful partner in this
endeavor, making sure to keep the lines of communication with me and his
school open to ensure consistency throughout the day, which is so
important. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Donna to any family that
might be looking for a healthy and joyful environment for their child.
C. & A. Fleischer
Donna has watched my children since they were 6 weeks old. They are now 10 and 11 years old. She does an excellent job of planning and carrying out fun and educational activities. She looks for ways to improve her care by educating herself and being open to suggestions on themes and activities that interest the children. More importantly though, her enthusiasm for watching children is very apparent. I can tell that she loves my kids and they love her. They are excited to go to Donna’s and I sometimes have a hard time pulling them away from whatever they are doing at the end of the day to go home. I feel good about leaving them in her care. I’m often telling my coworkers and friends about the things that Donna does for the kids. The people I tell are often amazed at everything I have to say about Donna and wish they had such a provider close to them for their kids. She is a part of our family. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a caregiver for their children.
Ehrin & Jennifer Affolter
When I first
learned of Donna's I was sitting with our child development coordinator trying
to find a daycare that would accept my daughter. My youngest was born with a
rare heart defect called T.A.P.V.R. Since she had a feeding tube placed at the
age of two months on, she was experiencing issues like failure to thrive. Working
closely with multiple organizations, doctors, and therapists for a year, they
felt she needed to be in a learning environment with other children, in a place
that she could interact, and learn with other children. Our first stop was Donna's
Learning Center, where we currently still receive quality care. I have never
met a more compassionate and caring provider like Donna. You can immediately
see why all the children just adore her. Donna shows great determination with
her continuing education and ability to keep improving her teaching methods. I
believe that my child loves to be at Donna's and has shown great Improvements. I
would recommend her facility to anyone looking for a quality nurturing home