Pima JTED’s Little Lions Preschool received the highest rating possible in the state of Arizona, distinguishing itself as one of the top preschools to earn a five-star Quality First rating from First Things First. The voluntary ranking system awards one to five stars, with the highest ranking indicating a preschool far exceeds quality standards.

Little Lions, under the direction of Lauren Moraga, participates in First Things First’s signature program Quality First, which is Arizona’s voluntary quality improvement and rating system for early learning programs.

Two Little Lions watch as a Culinary student cracks an egg
into a measuring cup. They are making pancakes together!

The program works with more than 1,000 child care and preschool providers across Arizona to improve the quality of their early learning settings for children from birth to age 5 through ongoing coaching and setting high standards. The quality of each program is assessed on proven key components of quality early care, including;

  • Health and safety practices
  • Staff qualifications
  • Teacher-child interactions
  • Learning Environments
  • Lessons
  • Group sizes
  • Child assessment and parent communication

Pima JTED’s Little Lions Preschool, located on the campus of Mountain View High School at 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd., provides work-based learning opportunities for the district’s high school students who study Early Childhood Education. It is DES approved, operates Monday through Friday, and accepts students from 3 to 5 years of age who are potty-trained. To learn more, visit https://pimajted.org/j/little-lions/

First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten.