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Widener Child Development Center Receives Highest Keystone STARS Rating

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Students at the Widener Child Development Center

The Widener University Child Development Center has maintained the highest ranking in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program with a STAR 4 designation. The Widener Child Development Center provides preschool through kindergarten for children ages 2 years, 9 months through 6.

“By maintaining our STAR 4 quality rating, we give parents additional assurance that their children are in a developmentally appropriate and supportive environment,” said Dr. Noreen Yoder, director. “It also acknowledges the efforts of our teachers who strive to give even our youngest students a well-rounded education. Our approach to learning is to nurture a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development, as well as their individual creative skills.”

To achieve a STAR 4 rating, the Widener Child Development Center had to meet greater research-based standards for program quality. For example, at least half of the lead teachers in a STAR 4 center needed to have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. At the Widener Child Development Center, the lead teachers not only hold bachelor’s degrees, but three of the teachers have master’s degrees, and one teacher is working toward the completion of a doctoral degree. Three of the teacher assistants also have bachelor’s degrees and are working toward master’s degrees.

“Our students not only benefit from our highly qualified teachers and teacher assistants, but they also have opportunities to interact with our teacher candidates at Widener, students in other majors such as physical therapy and social work and our faculty members,” said Yoder. “Our school benefits from its affiliation with the university because students and faculty come here to model best practices in their respective disciplines. You may see physical therapy students leading stretching exercises or teacher candidates working on reading skills on any given day.”

To learn more about the Widener Child Development Center, or to enroll a child, visit or call 610-499-1097.

Keystone STARS is a quality rating and improvement system that offers families a way to evaluate the quality of a child care program. STAR levels increase from a STAR 1 up through a STAR 4. Keystone STARS quality standards build upon health and safety requirements regulated by the Department of Public Welfare.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website,