Here at Growing Days, we make quality education our top priority, setting high standards and expectations for what preschool education should be. Listed below are our awards and affiliations, which display the level of commitment we hold ourselves to as an organization.
Growing Days is proud to announce the we are an APPLE Accredited school since December 2017. APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) is a national early learning program accreditation. With over 1,000 accredited programs and many more engaged in the process, APPLE is one of the largest accrediting agency for early learning centers. In Florida, APPLE is accepted as one of Florida’s Gold Seal Quality programs. APPLE is designed to work well for all types of facilities, small centers, privately owned, faith-based, or corporate programs. Studies show the positive effects of high-quality early learning centers on the physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional outcomes of young children. The APPLE program will raise your center to a level of quality that will enable you to better serve the children and their families. APPLE was developed by owners and operators of early learning centers and is grounded in the unique perspective of the business of childcare. The owner/management team has the greatest impact on the quality of any early learning center, and the developers of the APPLE program recognized the importance of balancing the standards to improve quality and the financial impact it may have on the children and families served.
Florida Gold Seal Quality School
In 1996, the Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities and family day care homes that are accredited by recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.
Growing Days has been an active participant in Quality Counts through the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade for over 4 years. As described on their site, "Quality Counts is a voluntary rating system that reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards using a five-star method of evaluation and offers supports and incentives to help providers reach their goals."
School Readiness Provider
Growing Days is a participant of the School Readiness Program, which provides families with financial assistance for childcare through various services. The goal of the School Readiness Program is to assist families who may have financial hardships, provide a quality preschool environment for their children. For more information, please visit the School Readiness website.
Growing Days is a certified VPK provider and has been rated a High Performing School for over 7 years! As stated in their website, "Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers." Our VPK teachers are highly qualified and experienced in the field and have a passion for preparing children for Kindergarten. For more information on how to apply, please visit the Florida VPK Website.
Growing Days is a proud member of the Florida Association for Child Care Management. As stated on their site, "FACCM is a nonprofit, professional organization of child care providers dedicated to ensuring the highest quality in the early learning industry through advocacy, education, and accreditation. The Florida Association for Child Care Management strives to be the leader in the early learning industry by providing professional development tools, equipping teachers and directors with information to better manage their programs, and top quality advocacy at all levels of government."