stars_headerBFA Fairfax Early Education Program has been awarded 5 stars by Vermont’s Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS).  Participants in STARS receive recognition for instituting practices that demonstrate quality of programming that exceeds the requirements for becoming licensed by the State of Vermont. This achievement represents sincere effort and serious commitment on the part of BFA Fairfax Early Education Program.


Created and led by the Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, the STARS program is Vermont’s quality recognition system for registered home providers, licensed children’s centers, school-based Pre-Kindergarten programs, and School Age programs.

“The BFA Fairfax Early Education Team believes in providing the best possible experiences for children and families and is committed to continually improving our program.” Kristie French, Preschool Coordinator at BFA Fairfax.

Kristie French of BFA Fairfax Early Education Program can be reached at (802) 849-2222.


“My daughter is in her second year of the BFA Fairfax EEE preschool program and I couldn’t be happier.  She has grown in so many ways as a direct result of her participation in this program.  Her teachers have created an environment where students feel welcomed as essential parts of the school community.  She is growing as a learner, as a friend, as a classmate, and she is also learning to love, respect and advocate for herself.  We are so glad that she has had the opportunity to be part of this program to help prepare her for kindergarten.”   Christine Sealey, mother of a child in the program.

“We are so proud of our Early Education program for achieving the 5 STARS designation.  This achievement is a direct reflection of the hard work of our staff, their ongoing professional development activities, their collaboration with related service providers, and our communities’ support of Early Education.”  Thomas J. Walsh, Elementary/Middle School Principal BFA Fairfax.

STARS recognizes programs for achievements in five areas:

  1. Compliance with Licensing Regulations
  2. Qualifications and Training of Program Staff
  3. Connection of the Program with Families and with the Community
  4. Practices of the Program and its Strategies for Improvement
  5. Strength of the Program’s Operating Policies and Business Practices

Awards for achievements in these areas begin at one star and increase to five stars. A statewide list of STARS rated providers and other stars information such as how to apply to STARS can be found on the STARS website. Additional Information can also be obtained by calling the STARS office at (802) 398-2037.


We are proud that our early education program has reached for the STARS!

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