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​Preschool Advantage awarded Rainbow Montessori School of Madison its Golden Acorn Award for exemplary quality in preschool education.  Rita McCleary, Montessori certified Practical Life Teacher at Rainbow Montessori, accepted the award at the Turning Leaves Annual Benefit held by Preschool Advantage on October 20th.  
 
Preschool Advantage has long recognized the quality of early education at Rainbow Montessori.  This year the Preschool Advantage School Committee wanted to formally define quality with the Golden Acorn Award.  The Golden Acorn Award is based on five points of quality in preschool education: teacher and child interaction, curriculum, family involvement, staff qualifications and professional development, and management of the school. 
 
 The School Committee is comprised of numerous current and former preschool directors and teachers who care deeply about early childhood education.  Members volunteer to visit the Preschool Advantage partner schools on a three-year cycle to ensure quality is maintained.   A checklist has been developed using National Association of the Education of Young Children guidelines, the Grow NJ Kids program and the considerable experience of the Preschool Advantage committee.   
 
Preschool Advantage partners with 17 area preschools to fund preschool for children whose families cannot afford quality preschool.  The funds raised at the Turning Leaves Benefit provide the tuition assistance needed to enable the children of financially fragile families in our communities to begin kindergarten without gaps in knowledge, vocabulary and social skills. 

​Preschool Advantage Congratulates Mt. Olive Child Care on 40 Years of Service

​Preschool Advantage extends its congratulations to its partner school, Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center, on its 40 years of service to the Budd Lake and Flanders communities. The Center was founded in 1976 as a small preschool program and has since expanded to provide quality, affordable child-care and education programs and family support to its community.  Currently, it services over 450 children aged 6 weeks through 14 years and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Preschool Advantage is delighted that it will provide funding for eight children to attend the high-quality preschool program offered by the Center during the 2016-2017 academic year.
 
Preschool Advantage’s goal is to eliminate the achievement gap in knowledge, vocabulary and social skills that would otherwise exist by assisting working families that cannot afford to pay for their children to attend a quality preschool.  The organization identifies, qualifies and brings together 17 area high quality preschools and deserving families to provide their children with early education development opportunities. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Preschool Advantage will be providing the funding for the preschool tuitions of 69 children in Morris and Somerset Counties, including eight children that will be attending the Mount Olive Child Care & Learning Center.

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