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First Steps

“School readiness and kindergarten success are impacted by children’s experiences in their earliest years. Initiatives like Quality Counts, which support high quality early care and education, are critical in our efforts to improve the potential for all children.”

Leigh D’Amico, PhD, Office of Program Evaluation, University of South Carolina

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Star Program List is Growing

Quality Counts star ratings are based on the following five quality standards and require a strong commitment to quality to achieve: (1) children’s learning environment, (2) staff qualifications, (3) number of teachers and children per classroom, (4) program administration, and (5) family engagement Because of the effort and dedication …

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Slide into Summer Reading

In partnership with the Spartanburg Academic Movement, Quality Counts is offering a special reading initiative for 3 and 4 year-old classrooms called Slide into Summer Reading during the summer months of June and July. With the goal of classrooms reading a total of 1,200 minutes, at home or at school, over the months of June and July …

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Play in the Park

Each year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) hosts a celebration honoring young children and those who help them grow. At Quality Counts, we celebrate this special week by participating in the annual event Play in the Park sponsored by the United Way Young Leaders, City of Spartanburg, and…

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Helping Children Make Sense of the Recent Rain and Flooding

As the rain slows down and we finally see the sun again, many of us are struggling with how to process the historic flooding our State recently endured. As we rally to put our own homes back together or support friends and family who were more directly affected by the rain, we need to remember that our actions are being observed intently …

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Early Education Does Make a Difference

On October 6, the Mary Black Foundation featured a blog post titled “Does Early Education Make a Difference?” by Molly Talbot-Metz where the results of a new study evaluating the state of Tennessee’s investment in 4-year old kindergarten are explored in relation to Spartanburg County. While the findings of the study stated that Tennessee’s …

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A Back-to-School Note From Ms. Barbara

Happy end of summer! I hope all of you found time to rejuvenate yourselves while enjoying the fun and sun. We are all so busy, relaxation seems to be hard to find and with the beginning of school just around the corner we seem to be busier than ever. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” That’s …

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Super Saturday Success

Quality Counts has completed two Super Saturday Seminar Days with more than 200 QC teachers and directors in attendance! This was an important component in the quality improvement cycle, and we were thrilled by the turn out. The seminar classes were titled “Foundations of Curriculum” and “Advanced Curriculum.” Presenters …

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