Horizon Education Centers Lorain Community Awarded 5 Stars in Step Up to Quality  


LORAIN- Horizon’s Lorain Community Center located within the Constellation-Lorain Community School was awarded a 5 Star Quality Rating under the State of Ohio’s Quality Child Care rating system known as “Step Up To Quality” under the direction of Heather LaMore, Center Director for Horizon’s Lorain Community Center.  A 5 Star rating is the highest rating under the rating program.  Horizon now has six Lorain County centers that are at a level 5 Star Step Up to Quality with the rest above a level 4 rating.  The base level for high quality in Ohio is 3 stars. 

Horizon formed a collaboration with Constellation-Lorain Community School back in 2019 to offer a preschool along with their currently after-school program within Lorain Community.  Horizon’s main goal for their preschool program is to provide 20 slots for children enrolling and provide them with a high-quality kindergarten readiness program. 

Horizon Education Centers has had a nine-year partnership with Constellation Schools through the 21st Century Learning Grant from the State of Ohio in which Horizon operates an after-school program at Lorain Community School already. Studies have shown that children who attend after-school programs benefit from: increased academic efforts, fewer emotional and behavioral problems, increased physical activity, and help create healthy learning habits. 

According to Horizon’s Executive Director Dave Smith, “Horizon’s strives to prove high-quality care and education for children 6 weeks of age to 12 years old.  We are proud to be one of Lorain’s top-rated programs.  All twelve of Horizon Education Centers are rated high quality under Ohio’s Step Up To Quality Rating System. This rating ensures that your child will experience:  qualified teachers, a proven curriculum, family engagement, developmental screenings, and electronic access to your child’s individual learning.”  

Horizon Education Centers is a leader in quality early care and education, preparing children and families for life since 1978.  Horizon is a mission-driven nonprofit making sure all families have access to high-quality programs regardless of income or where they live.  

Horizon Education Centers is in the build process of its thirteenth center, which is being built near the Detroit Shoreway, Cleveland.  Horizon hopes to open this new center which will serve children 18 months to 12 years in the fall of 2022.

Horizon offers toddler, preschool, and afterschool/summer camp programs Monday-Friday, 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM.  For more information, call 440-779-1930 or www.HorizonOhio.org  

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