Vermonts Child Development Division officials announced that Mary Johnson Children's Center School Age Programs in Middlebury and Bristolaccredited by Ilana Snyder and Barbara Saundershave joined Vermonts Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) for child care, early education and school age programs with of recognition. Achieving both STARS recognition and accreditation is an extraordinary accomplishment that highlights the enormous efforts undertaken by the center and its staff. STARS providers are recognized for achievements in five areas: compliance with state regulations; staff qualifications and training; daily activities, interaction and overall support of children, families, and the community; how thoroughly providers assess what they do and plans for improvements; and the strength of the programs operating policies and business practices. Mary Johnsons programs at the Middlebury and Bristol elementary schools provide new learning and social experiences for children. The children have opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills, go to new places and have other rich, exciting experiences outside of their school day. Many of the children enjoy the program so much they come back to work in the MJCC school age programs when they are older. We are pleased to welcome Mary Johnson Children's Center School Age Programs at Middlebury and Bristol to the STARS program, said Kim Keiser, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families. This achievement confirms their commitment to providing quality child care and education, and we look forward to many other Addison County child care, education and after school programs joining them.