The experiences that young children have shape the architecture of their brains. Positive experiences build a sturdy foundation in the brain. With more children spending long hours in child care today than ever before, it is critical that early care and education programs offer high quality learning environments and create optimal learning experiences for all children. Research shows that young children who participate in programs with high quality learning environments are more likely to be prepared for school success, children who do not can be as much as 18 months behind when they arrive at school.
Every parent wants the best start in life for their child.
Quality Counts can help.
Quality Counts is a system of continuous quality improvement – CQI – for early care and education programs. Participating programs receive an assessment that results in a Star rating. An individualized Quality Improvement Plan is developed from the assessment. Specialized training, coaching, director network meetings, and relationship-based technical assistance are the components for quality improvement. Programs receive a Star Rating annually. Parents can use the Star Rating to help take the guess work out of choosing the child care that is right for their family.
I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC in early August to attend the BUILD Initiative’s 2013 QRIS National Meeting. It was an impactful meeting with researchers sharing the latest studies and promising practices and state leaders who spoke about what those studies meant in terms of actual practice in their states. Enlightening. Encouraging. Insightful. Every session offered powerful knowledge and advice that would serve to inform our future work. I returned to Spartanburg...
Barbara Manoski, Quality Counts Program Director, recently wrote a guest blog for the Mary Black Foundation. To read her blog post, click here.
As leaders in the Spartanburg community fight to improve education, they’ve taken the battle all the way to the crib.
Spartanburg County First Steps and the Mary Black Foundation are preparing to introduce a new program for increasing the quality of child care and early childhood education. Quality Counts, a community-based, voluntary quality rating and improvement system, is designed to evaluate child development centers, provide training and resources, and elevate the quality of...