Welcome to Miss Hard's Preschool
Welcome to Neshobe Preschool.  We are part of the Rutland Northeast Early Childhood Program and located at Neshobe School in Brandon, Vermont.  We have two age groups of children here at Neshobe.  The "Three-Year-Old Classes", for children who will be three years old before September 1st, are taught by Debbie Lendway.  Our "Four-Year-Old Classes", for children turning four before September 1st, are taught by Wendy Fjeld.

Contact Information:  Email: lhard@rnesu.org        Phone: 802-247-3721 extension 2047

The Rutland Northeast Early Childhood Program believes that 
each child is an individual and learns naturally by building upon 
past experiences. 

Children learn through observation, exploration of, and interaction
with their environment.  

We believe that all children should have access to quality early care and education.  

We work to help families and children learn about community resources and be involved in community life.

STARS logoWe are a 5 STAR Program.  The STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) is Vermont's quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead, going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families. The more stars a program has, the more it is involved in a wide range of practices that support children, families, and professionals. STARS is used by professionals who can take the opportunity to look at their program objectively and use child care quality indicators to identify strengths and areas for improvement. The primary incentive for participating in STARS is local and statewide recognition of our program's achievements.

What do the STARS mean? Providers may apply for STARS recognition in five areas: (1) Compliance with state regulations; (2) Staff qualifications and training; (3) Interaction with and overall support of children, families and communities; (4) How thoroughly providers assess what they do and plan for improvements; and (5) The strengths of the program's operating policies and business practices.

Neshobe's Preschool Program has a five-star program rating through the STARS Program. Five-star programs are outstanding in all five areas as indicated above.

Resource: Vermont Department of Children and Families: STep Ahead Recognition System,http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/stars/. Accessed June 2010

12 Questions to Ask the Provider of Early Care Services Before Enrolling Your Child:

1. Do you and your staff enjoy being with children?

2. What is your daily routine?

3. Do you and your staff have CPR and First Aid Certification?

4. What is your background with children?

5. Do you and your staff participate in education/training related to your job?

6. When do you share information about my child’s day?

7. How do you handle the needs of multiple age groups?

8. How are the children’s changing needs met?

9. What are your guidance and discipline practices?

10. Is your program licensed/ registered by the State of Vermont?

11. What would happen if we disagree about something?

12. Do you have an early childhood credential or does your program have national accreditation?