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BrightStars - Rating system for Rhode Island child care centers and preschools

Learn about choosing quality early care and education

Choosing who cares for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. BrightStars was developed to help you select the best care for your child.


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From Our Blog

New USDA Nutrition Guidelines In Effect October 1st!

Helping children develop healthy eating habits is an important goal in every quality childcare setting. In April 2016, the USDA released new guidelines for healthy meals and snacks for all ages effective starting October 1, 2017; as of this date these are the standards BrightStars assessors will use during an ERS observation when assessing adherence to USDA guidelines.

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Choosing and Using Cleaning Products for your Classroom

Some general tips for cleaning surfaces in your classroom:

Use the appropriate EPA registered product for each job: cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, noting whether the surface must be pre-cleaned, how long the product must remain on the surface before wiping and whether the surface must be rinsed with water after use.

Avoid spraying any product when children are nearby.

Post manufacturer’s instructions clearly, preferably directly on the bottle.

Use a separate paper towel on each surface.

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