Spotlight on Quality

Meet Wonderspring’s Quality Team

Monica Stanoch and Janine Massenburg

When it comes to our children, we all want the very best. That’s why Wonderspring is committed to providing the highest quality programming and invests heavily in continual quality improvement. As part of that investment, we have expanded our quality team to include two highly-experienced, full-time Quality Advisors, Monica Stanoch and Janine Massenburg. They will be working directly with each of our centers to identify quality improvement goals and develop and implement strategic plans and action steps to achieve those goals.
Monica, a 12-year veteran of Wonderspring who previously served as a part-time Quality Advisor, has a wealth of expertise in early childhood education. In addition to serving as an internal quality coach, she has provided on-site technical assistance, professional development and coaching for Keystone STARS programs throughout the Southeast region. She was also instrumental in the implementation of Wonderspring’s Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies Gold and Second Step Social/Emotional Curriculum. Additionally, she played a critical role in developing Wonderspring’s COVID-19 Health and Safety policies and procedures. Before joining Wonderspring, Monica was a Professional Development Manager at Southeast Regional Key, which manages Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. 
Janine has worked with Wonderspring for 14 years, most recently as a Project Associate for Technical Assistance. In this grant-funded role, she worked with other Early Childhood Centers providing the coaching and technical assistance they needed to improve quality and raise their Keystone STAR level. Prior to joining Wonderspring, she was director of education at LifeSPAN School and Day Care.
“What I love about Wonderspring is that the organization values the benefits of a play-based, child-centered curriculum. We meet each child where they are while preparing them for their next developmental milestone, a strategy based on early childhood brain research and rooted in best practices,” says Monica. “Another thing that makes Wonderspring special is its commitment to the social and emotional development of children and it has been gratifying to help lead the implementation of a social/emotional curriculum and positive behavior supports at our centers.”
Monica and Janine are excited for the opportunity to work closely with the staff at each of our centers as well as our community partners to help Wonderspring provide the highest quality programming and learning environments to the children and families we serve.

PNC Grant Supports Professional Development

In another exciting development advancing Wonderspring’s quality improvement efforts, we are thrilled to announce that Wonderspring has been awarded a grant from the PNC Foundation to support the professional development of our center staff. The grant will provide two full days of comprehensive targeted trainings on The Creative Curriculum and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool. The Creative Curriculum is a nationally recognized, research-based, collection of knowledge-building resources enables teachers to to support every type of learner and address all the important areas of learning. Teaching Strategies GOLD is assessment system that blends ongoing observational assessment for all areas of development and learning with performance tasks for selected predictors of school success in the areas of literacy and numeracy. 
Staff will attend skill-building workshops specific to their their level of knowledge and experience as well as the age age group with which they work. The grant will also enable Wonderspring to purchase additional online training that can be accessed throughout the year for more intensive instruction on specific topics or as an introduction to new teachers.
We’re grateful to PNC Foundation for their ongoing support of Wonderspring’s commitment to quality!