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Starling Receives Prestigious Safety First Award.

January 22, 2015- Michael Swain, Senior Loss Control Specialist for Markel stated, "Starling International Child Care & Learning Complex has met stringent criteria to qualify for the Safety 1st designation. It has a proven safety record, underwent formal assessments and inspections, and participated in continuing education and certification programs.  Starling deserves to be recognized for keeping safety a top priority."

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From the Principal...
Dear Parents and Friends,
I would like to take a couple of minutes to update you on what's going on and new at Starling!
  • After weeks of weather related delays, our new road in front of the center is complete and pot-hole free!
  •   Last Fall Starling received our new 5-year accreditation from NAEYC's Accreditation Academy to the year 2020.  For more than 25 years, NAEYC Accreditation has been the gold standard for defining high-quality early childhood care and education programs.  The accreditation system incorporates evidence-based standards that are the country's most reliable, most validated, and most regularly updated.  Simply put, NAEYC Accreditation is the premier vehicle for moving the latest authoritative research about young children into everyday practice with your children.  That's why increasing numbers of families look for NAEYC-accredited child care centers.  You are to be congratulated for choosing Starling, one of only 8 centers in the Greater Richmond area, and one of 5% of centers nationwide with NAEYC's seal of approval.
  • Painting has begun on the exterior of our building, the landscaping is trimmed back, and the new parking lot will soon be completely resurfaced and relined.  Please be patient as we continue to keep up with the maintenance of our facility.
  • Last Friday the children welcomed the re-opening of the pool after weeks of maintenance and the installation of a new heater.  The temperature of the pool was 87 degrees as the children enjoyed the pool party with lots of treats and games.
  • In January we were recognized by Markel as one of the 30 safest child care centers in the USDA.
  • In February we purchased and launched our new Kaymbu Photo/Messaging Parent Communication System.  Although we have had a few glitches, we believe we are nearing the end of our learning curve.  In order to receive photos of your children each week, please make sure we have your correct email address on file at the front desk.
  • Teachers, with Ms. Amanda's help, are concluding their mid-year child assessments and updating the children's portfolios.
  • Ms. Amanda has started the handwriting curriculum for pre-K children.  It's called Perfect Printing.
  • Ms. Jessie is conducting private academic classes upstairs with the Pre-K children each morning, the final push for Kindergarten readiness!


There is so much coming up in April:

  • Aldi's Food Market is opening, offering our families special perks and convenience!
  • Spring Break is the second week of April
  • The National Week of the Young Child is the 3rd week in April.
  • Virginia Historic Garden week is the 4th week.  The Children's Garden at Starling will be open to visitor that week.
  • In addition, Starling is introducing its new S.T.E.M. curriculum for children of all ages.  For the uninitiated, STEM is a much buzzed acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • Starling is also conducting its first annual S.T.E.M. Science Fair on Tuesday, April 7 from 11am to 7:30pm, which will feature 12 Science Vendors and a rocket ship launch at 2:00pm.
  • Our main curriculum theme in April is Ocean Commotion with lots of water and pool activities planned.
  • Our Mother's Day Tea is May 8th.
  • The Pre-K Graduation is June 5th at West End Presbyterian Church.
  • And our Father's Day BBQ is June 21st.

That's all for the updates 



Donna Goff