Keystone "Stars" Shine in Butler County

Students' Successes Recognized in Butler County

Keystone "Stars" ShineThree local students were recognized as "Shining Stars" by the Butler County Early Care & Education Council in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Pennsylvania's Keystone STARS program. Keystone STARS is a state-funded program proven to increase the quality of child care.

The students, Drake Spellman (5), Angie Caringola (9) and Sara Ridenour (12), were recognized for the honor after their families submitted testimonials sharing how participation in a high-quality early learning program helped them to overcome difficulties in their lives and better prepared them to succeed in school. The "Shining Star" stories document how the support of their teachers helped these children address a variety of challenges. To be eligible, children had to participate in an early learning program with a STAR 2, 3, or 4 quality rating for at least six months. All three children attended Butler County Children's Center, a STAR 4 facility.

State Representative Brian Ellis joined the council in recognizing the children. Each child received prizes from the council and a certificate signed by Representative Ellis. The children and their families were also invited to participate in a statewide celebration in Harrisburg in May.

The stories of Butler County's "Shining Stars" and a listing of the 37 STARS providers in Butler County, as well as additional information about Keystone STARS are available by visiting "Early education in my county" at


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