A Scotland County child care provider was awarded the state’s highest rating not once, but twice.
State Line Children’s World Child Care Centers #1 and #2 were each given a 5-Star rating by the North Carolina Division of Child Development. The centers, located off Barnes Bridge Road, were started by Vevely Malloy.
State Line Child Care Centers are also nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. News of the recognitions was unveiled Saturday with banners showing the centers’ honors at an end-of-the-year celebration at Sycamore Lane Middle School.
Of the 45 facilities in Scotland County, only 14 have obtained a 5-Star rating.
To obtain a 5-star rating a child care facility must be observed by four state consultants and meet North Carolina standards in education and programming. Child Care providers must apply to renew their star license rating every three years.
“It is very difficult, and a very thorough process” said Wendy O’Brien, early care and education director with Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families. “National accreditation is the highest recognition you can get in childcare. State Line is the only private center in Scotland County that has that,” said O’Brien.
In the beginning
State Line started in January 1979 when Malloy returned to Laurinburg from Orange, N.J.
“After having three small children of my own: Sabrina, Davina, and David, I was challenged to find out what was available for my children, especially my pre-school twins that involved more than care taking for pre-school children,” said Malloy.
The center began with 10 childen, but the combined centers now have more than 50 students with programs for toddlers, 3 year olds, and pre-kindergarten.
Malloy said that she wanted a center to be a place that parent would feel a connection.
“I wanted to be someone they could trust when they left their children. I wanted for them to feel confident that their child would be cared for and provided with the best early learning experience possible.”
Teachers and co-teachers include: Annie McCall, Tamika McCall, Maria DeLugo, Karen Lewis, Fannie Lewis, Zarah Revels, and Ella Armstrong. Volunteer staff includes: Sabrina Malloy, Quinyon DeBerry, Rev. David Malloy, Thelma McRae, Thomas Black, and Geraldine McDougal.
“I love what we do for our students. We give them a safe and fun environment with great staff. Most of our lead staff have been a part of our program for over 12 years,” said Malloy’s daughter, Davina Malloy-DeBerry, a child care administrator and teacher with State Line.