ECLC's Bice county's first 5 Star provider
Amy Bice is an Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) five-star rated child-care provider and is the first provider in Cherokee County to reach this level of distinction. She first achieved level 2 star status in 2006 and then went on to receive a level 5 status three more times in 2008, 2010 and 2012. She has also gone back to college in 2009 to earn a Child Development Associates degree in 2010. To further her education she was awarded a TEACH scholarship from NAEYC and has continued to work on an Associates degree in Childcare supervision and management through Western Iowa Tech Community College.
Although becoming a five-star facility - the Iowa's QRS highest achievement - is a time-consuming and rather arduous accomplishment. Bice says the work is well-worth being able to give children nothing less than the very best care.
"It is a lot of work." But the personal satisfaction you get makes it all worthwhile. I know I'm doing the best job I can caring for these children. It's really important I'm providing the highest level of quality care I possibly can."
There are other child-care providers working to achieve QRS ratings, which range from levels 1-5. The QRS is a voluntary program that offers providers a guided way to improve the quality of the child care they offer. A provider who achieves Level 1 has met Iowa's registration or licensing standards. A Level 2 provider has received additional training and made the first steps toward improving quality. Providers who achieve Levels 3-5 have made significant steps in meeting key indicators of quality in the areas of professional development, health and safety, environment, family and community partnership and leadership and administration.