A license isn't necessarily a guarantee of quality. It merely shows that a child care center has met the minimum health, safety, and teacher training standards set by the state. Accreditation may be a more telling sign that you've found a good preschool.
Accreditation is a system that encourages excellence in preschool programs. Since it is voluntary; preschools choose to become accredited because it is evidence of their quality. The two-step accreditation process, a self-study followed by a verification visit, is an evaluation of the indicators of quality as reflected in each individual program. All components of a program are examined including Administration, classroom environment, parent and community involvement, advocacy on behalf of children and childcare, staffing credentials, staff to child ratios, teacher/child interaction, literacy, and curriculum.
Gingerbread is committed to offering the assurance of an accredited program to the families we serve. All schools are accredited through Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE) which is recognized by the State of Florida as a Gold Seal Accrediting Agency. You can obtain additional information on the accreditation standards at www.faccm.org.
The staff at Gingerbread are amazing. Miss. Emily goes above and beyond and truly cares and loves her kids. She keeps them engaged and I am impressed with all of the hands on learning that they do. Within months of Amanda starting school, her vocabulary flourish along with her social skills. I am amazed with the progress that Amanda has made in such a short time. We absolutely love the program and the whole staff. It's like one big family!
We are very new to Gingerbread but so far, so good! Miss. Andy is very attentive and goes out of her way to make Jacob feel comfortable. This is been such a smooth transition for Jacob and we owe it all to you!
Thank you to the entire staff at Gingerbread. We are excited to see him blossom under your care.
The Anit Family
Gingerbread has been a great transition for our three-year-old son. Within the first week he was potty trained which was a struggle for him. My husband and I were amazed at the progress he made not only in potty training but in his behavior and in his social interaction with other kids. The staff is very friendly and our son loves his teacher. We drop him off every day and know that he is safe.
Dina and Mike B.
There is no other preschool in Pinellas County that I would rather send my daughter to then Gingerbread School! From the day my child entered the two-year-old class, the staff at Gingerbread made us feel like part of the family! Over the past 2 1/2 years, my daughter has sprouted both socially and academically. The teachers at Gingerbread truly have the best interest of each and every child at their school. They are caring, compassionate, loving, understanding and fun. And in fact my daughter begs me to stay whenever I pick her up. We will miss our Gingerbread family when my daughter graduates from the VPK program!
I absolutely love Miss Taylor. She is a wonderful teacher, my daughter has learned so much this year. Our experience here at Gingerbread has been outstanding.
We could not be happier with the quality of teachers at the school. We recommend Gingerbread to all of our friends. We are impressed with the school’s curriculum and cleanliness. It's a wonderful school and we've had a great experience all around!