The future prosperity of our community is built upon a foundation of early childhood development. When early childhood development occurs in an environment of positive experiences, children have a greater chance to thrive and grow to be healthy, productive adults. Research shows that there is a strong link between high quality child care and children who succeed in school and in life.
Quality Counts is a community effort to recognize and improve the quality of early childhood experiences through a voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Spartanburg County began a pilot QRIS in January 2012 called Quality Counts.
This system is a tool to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in child care programs. Quality Counts can increase program quality and accountability and provide valuable information to families and community members about the available options for child care.
Click here to read more about Quality Counts.
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...