When Danielle Harrison, owner of "Beginnings and Beyond" was seventeen she had a dream of having her own daycare center. In fact, her husband drew a sketch of her vision that continues to hang on her office wall.
After a career in human resources, her dream was realized when she opened the first location of "Beginnings and Beyond" in Dover, Del.
"I have always loved children," says Danielle. "And when I had my own, I knew even more what kind of child care program I wanted to create for families."
Her goals included establishing really strong connections with both her staff and the families she serves. She utilizes technology including an application that keeps families' informed as well as a lot of face-to-face communications.
"I like to be in the classroom to both connect with teachers and the children," says Danielle.
As a result, there is very low teacher turnover. And "Beginnings and Beyond" is thriving with two locations in Dover serving children from infant through preschool age. Additionally, both sites offer before and after care for school-age children.
Danielle credits Delaware Stars for providing her with fresh ideas and the resources to keep pursuing her dream.
"Stars has helped us replenish our supplies and to continually invest so we can offer quality care," adds Danielle.
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Your Voice Counts!
As you know, the current Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) is being redesigned to better serve the child care community. The QRIS Revision Team is being intentional about including all key stakeholders experiences with Delaware Stars to guide the next iteration of QRIS.
Nine "Listening Sessions" were held in June with various stakeholder groups. We hope you had an opportunity to attend.
Additionally, this past week, surveys were mailed electronically to providers and stakeholders in the child care community. We encourage you to complete the survey.
This is your opportunity to influence the future framework of QRIS!