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Wellness Center Child Care moves to next rating level

NDSU Wellness Center Child Care has earned a Step 2 quality rating from Bright and Early North Dakota. This means the facility continues to meet the requirements of a Step 1 child care and offers a variety of materials to support play and learning experiences for children.

According to director Sara Mwagura, NDSU Wellness Child Care worked with the rating organization to add to its existing curriculum to ensure that children are provided with the best early learning experiences to help them succeed in school and life. 

“Nearly 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time he or she reaches the age of five,” Mwagura said. “This communicates to parents that our environment and interactions with children are engaging and encourage play and developmentally appropriate activities. Play is central to a child’s learning and when they develop good play skills, they are better prepared for school, for work and for life.”

Bright and Early North Dakota is the state’s quality rating and improvement system. It promotes high-quality early learning for young children and provides ratings that guide families seeking the best program for their child. Programs can achieve up to four stars as they take extra steps in health and safety; create an environment that inspires learning through play; develop activities that encourage language, creativity and science skills; and provide nurturing, positive relationships.

Bright and Early North Dakota is an initiative of the Department of Human Services.

Families can learn more about the NDSU Wellness Center Child Care by contacting Mwagura at or 701-231-5219.

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