For Immediate Release
December 16, 2019


Five Stars for Children’s Learning Center at Suffolk County Community College

New York State’s premier voluntary early childhood rating system awarded its top five-star ranking to Suffolk County Community College’s Michael J. Grant Campus Children’s Learning Center.

QUALITYstarsNY is New York State’s voluntary five-star early childhood quality rating and improvement system that focuses on evidence based practices to ensure young children and their families can trust the level of quality in the programs they choose.

“On-site campus children’s centers provide parents with the opportunity to complete college, build a foundation for their children’s future, and provide experiential learning for students as they enter the work force.  Access to on campus children’s centers means access to college for Suffolk County Community College students,” said Vickie Calderon, director of Suffolk’s Grant Campus early childhood center. “A five-star rating is incredibly difficult to earn, and we are proud to be one of the very few programs in New York State to be awarded this high honor,” Calderon added.

QUALITYstarsNY has 75 Standards of excellence in four categories:

  • children’s learning environment
  • family engagement
  • leadership & management
  • staff qualifications & experience.

The Children’s Learning Centers at Suffolk provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate child care program for children between the ages of six weeks and five years and are licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services.

The centers are open to children of Suffolk County Community College students, faculty, and staff; Suffolk County employees; and community residents at affordable rates, a sliding fee schedule, and a variety of child care tuition assistance programs.

Suffolk’s centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Learn more about Suffolk’s Children’s Learning Centers at: https://www.sunysuffolk.edu/experience-student-life/childcare/index.jsp