Gail Luxenberg (left) and Raye Lynn Banks. PHOTO / MJCCA

Gail Luxenberg (left) and Raye Lynn Banks. PHOTO / MJCCA

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On July 16, Gail Luxenberg, CEO of the Marcus JCC of Atlanta (MJCCA), and Raye Lynn Banks, director of the Sunshine School of the MJCCA, attended the Quality Rated Ceremony in the Georgia State Capitol North Wing.

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Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal joined Bobby Cagle, commissioner for Bright from the Start – Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, at the news conference, which recognized more than 230 child care programs in Georgia – among them the Sunshine School – that were among the first to be ranked by Quality Rated.

At the ceremony, Governor Deal encouraged more childcare and early education programs to join Georgia’s Quality Rated assessment program, calling it an invaluable aid to parents and a tool for creating a better workforce of the future. His wife concurred.

“It is so exciting to see our children learning so young,” said Sandra Deal, who told stories of her experiences across the state with children learning to read. “We want every child to have that skill as they go forward. We see the eagerness in those children because they’re engaged and they love learning. And we’re so glad that you’re giving them that opportunity.”

Quality Rated is a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school age care. The Sunshine School was among the programs to participate in the voluntary Bright From the Start Quality Rated program, and it subsequently received the highest quality rating – 3 stars – and was one of only a few centers in the state to do so.

“It was such an honor to attend the Quality Rated Ceremony,” Sunshine School Director Raye Lynn Banks explained. “We see the enthusiasm in the faces of our children every day. Listening to Governor and First Lady Deal announce the program at the state Capitol only affirmed our efforts.

“We feel so fortunate that we can continue to provide the best early childhood experience to the East Cobb community.”

The Sunshine School, one of the MJCCA’s two preschools, is located at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta and serves children ages six weeks to 5 years. The school has more than 60 years of expertise in early childhood learning and a nationally-acclaimed, pluralistic, Jewish values curriculum, “An Ethical Start.”

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