Awards & Recognition
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Betty’s Family of Restaurants is a Finalist for SWACO’s Emerald Awards - April 2009
Finalists for SWACO’s 4th Annual Central Ohio Emerald Awards have been announced. This year’s winners will receive their green recycled glass trophies from SWACO Executive Director Ron Mills and SWACO Board of Trustees President Bradley Frick on May 12 at the Emerald Awards luncheon at the Aladdin Shrine Center at Easton (11:30am). An independent panel of judges has selected 21 finalists to compete in the six categories of litter clean up, environmental education, entrepreneurship, partnership, innovation and leadership. Finalists are also competing for the top Emerald, The Board of Trustees Award. This honor is reserved for finalists who meet many of the qualifications in the six other categories.  The full press release can be found on the Columbus Underground.

North Side Early Learning Center awarded State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality Program - March 2009

Columbus' Northside Early Learning Center has received its 3rd star in the State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality Program. The program administered by ODJFS recognizes excellence in curriculum and professional development. Step Up To Quality is a voluntary rating system for early care and education programs. Participating programs can earn a one, two or three-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system also gives parents a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs.
Three-Star Step Up To Quality programs meet the following criteria:
* A ratio of one teacher for every four infants (ages birth-12 months), or 2:8 or 3:10, one teacher for every five infants (ages 12-18 months), one teacher for every six toddlers (ages 18-36 months), one teacher for every nine preschoolers (ages 36-48 months), one teacher for every ten preschoolers (ages 48-60 months) and one teacher for every 15 school-aged children (ages 5-15 years).
* Staff/child ratios in all classrooms meet
national high-quality early care and education
* All lead teachers have a degree in early
childhood education, specialized training on
Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards, Infant
and Toddler Guidelines and receive 15 hours of
child development training per year, above
licensing requirements.
* Program employees receive at least three
employee benefits. This policy results in a
lower turnover rate.
The Columbus Early Learning Center at
Northside is pleased to receive this award.
It shows parents that the center is serious
about the quality of their program. What
this means for families is more and better
educated teachers working at the center,
a commitment to making early learning an
important part of their program and a higher
degree of professionalism all around

Short North Arts District Tops in Ohio
The Short North garnered an amazing four "best of" accolades in the latest issue of Ohio Magazine. The "Special Best of Ohio Issue" features 42 of the staff's favorite places to visit, things to do, and sights to see. Read the article...

Forbes Magazine Recognizes Columbus
Forbes Magazine names Columbus number one up-and-coming tech city.
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