Focus on Quality
Posted By: Jason Brooks - 8/1/2016 2:03:00 PM

Did you know that 80 percent of your brain was wired by the time you turned three?

Often we downplay the importance of the early years in human development, but there is a growing body of evidence that documents how important these years are. Early learning creates a foundation for a lifetime. Opportunity School is one of only two nationally-accredited preschools in the Panhandle (the Central Campus downtown and the Amarillo College Lab School) and was named the first No Excuses University preschool in the U.S.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) publishes an annual yearbook on the state of preschool quality in our country. Some states score very well, some don't. The scorecard is based on 10 national quality standards. Here's how Opportunity School compares to the overall state score. 

Quality Standard


Opportunity School

Early Learning Standards (comprehensive)

* The Texas PreK Guidelines (since 2008) are the approved standards for the state of Texas.

Teacher In-Service – at least 15 training hrs/year

(30 hours/year)

Teacher Specialized Training in PreK


(30 hours/year in specific age group - PreK or Infant/Toddler)

Teacher degree (BA)


Working on

Assistant Teacher degree (CDA or equivalent)


Working on

Max class size (20 or lower)


(class size is 16)

Staff:Child Ratio (1:10 or better)


(1:8 for PreK; 1:4 for Infant & Toddler)

Screening/referral/support services (vision, hearing, speech – at least one)


(Full-time speech therapist)

Meals (at least 1 per day)


(Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack)

Monitoring (site visits to assess quality)


(State licensed; also monitored regularly by Texas Rising Star Program; Early Head Start & Head Start monitoring; NAEYC accredited)

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1100 South Harrison Street
Amarillo, Tx 79101
P. 806-373-4245
1103 South Van Buren
(Within First Presbyterian Church)
Amarillo, Tx 79101
P. 806-373-4245
1525 Grand Street
()Within Community of Grace UMC)
Amarillo, Tx 79107
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