Originally created 09/24/98

Claims child care article misleading 092498 - The Augusta Chronicle



I would like to respond to the Sept. 14 news article, "Child care centers garner state award" by Melissa Hall.

This article was misleading to the general public. I applaud Appletree Academy for its efforts and for receiving this award. As the center director for Oakbrook Country Day Preschool and an educator of 22 years, I know what it takes to run a quality center.

I am disconcerted by the lack of information that the article provided regarding the Center of Distinction Award. For instance, only those centers who have the Georgia Pre-K Lottery Program were eligible to apply for the grant and award. My center was not eligible to apply as we do not have the Pre-K program at our center.

This article also does not mention that there are a total of 13 centers in the Columbia County and Richmond County area which have applied for this. Five were evaluated this summer; three centers received the award. The remaining eight will be evaluated this fall in Phase 2 of the program.

The article stated that the Appletree Academy's were the first. However, let us hope that they will not be the "only one" as stated in the article.

We have eight centers in our community that could potentially receive this award. Let's hope that many others will follow suit in providing quality care and programs for our children. I count my center among those that provide a quality program for the children in our care.

Kathy Moneypenny, Augusta