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BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

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National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. About 1 of every 5 children in the United States has obesity. Obesity is a major public health problem that is influenced by many factors such as too much time spent in activities such as television viewing, lack of physical activity, and lack of healthier food options.

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Have you seen the BrightStars Commercial?

We have a new commercial that began airing on WPRI Channel 12 and it’s affiliates this week! The commercial is aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of quality early care and education to families. To view the commercial on our YouTube page, click here.   

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Kid’s Corner: In the Kitchen

As a mom of two grown children and a veteran Early Childhood Educator, I have never met a child that didn’t love time in the kitchen, whether it was to cook or to create something to “get down and dirty” with.

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Learn about the BrightStars Assessors

You may have entered your program and seen an unfamiliar face in your child’s classroom, or a teacher may have mentioned that an assessor from BrightStars may be visiting your child’s classroom.

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The Importance of Fine Motor Activities in the Early Childhood Years

Fine motor skills is the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements. Fine motor activity in the early year’s help children refine their pincer grasp (grasping an object with their thumb and pointer finger using their preferred hand) and are a precursor to handwriting.

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Tips for Reading to Children

Last week The Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children came together with early care and education programs in Rhode Island to celebrate the national Week of the Young Child™. Staff and early learning professionals were invited by programs to read the book Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann then donating the book to the program.

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Welcome to the BrightStars Family Blog

I’m so glad you are here! My name is Jo-Anne DeGiacomo Petrie, Manager of Operations at RIAEYC/BrightStars.  As a children’s author, mother of three grown children, and more than 30 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education I am thrilled to be a part of the BrightStars team and introducing you to our blog.  

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