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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

News and Views

Week of the Young Child 2015 Wrap-Up

Week of the Young Child is an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC established Week of the Young Child in 1971 with the goal of “focus[ing] public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early …

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New Additions to the QC Team

Quality Counts excitedly welcomes 2 new staff members! We’re pleased to introduce: Tammy Compton | Technical Assistance Provider and Trainer Tammy been in the early childhood education field for more than 20 years. Her extensive hands-on experience is backed by a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of …

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First Public ECERS-3 Training: QC is there

Julie Greer, our rating specialist at QC, was one of four raters in the United States to attend the first public ECERS-3 (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, 3rd Edition) training at the ERS Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. While at the training, Julie was directly…

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Dorchester County Piloting Quality Counts Initiative

We are pleased to announce that Quality Counts is spreading its wings and expanding from Spartanburg County First Steps into a pilot program with Dorchester County First Steps (DCFS)! On December 8 and 9, Barbara Manoski and Julie Greer headed to the Low Country to..

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NAEYC, Teachstone, & Quality Counts

Each year NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) holds a conference providing a chance for early childhood educators, from program administrators to researchers to classroom instructors, to “explore the latest research and learn from one…

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Quality Counts Programs Complete Infant and Toddler Training

Congratulations to the following Quality Counts early care and education programs that have recently completed specialized training in infant and toddler care through the South Carolina Program for Infant and Toddler Care Network (SCPITC). The trainings are based in…

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Quality Counts Hosts Intentional Teaching Seminar

High quality professional development on effective, evidenced-based practice was the theme for a recent Quality Counts seminar. On Saturday, May 31st more than 120 Quality Counts teachers and directors attended a seminar on Intentional Teaching. The seminar offered…

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Quality Counts Directors Gather for Summer Network Meeting

Peter F. Drucker, best known for his philosophical influence on the business world, once said, “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.” On July 17, 2014, I had the privilege to spend three hours with 34 very committed owners…

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New Child Development and Family Studies Degree

The education level of child care providers and preschool teachers is a critical factor in providing young children with effective early learning experiences. Spartanburg County is fortunate to have a new degreed program at the University of South Carolina, Upstate…

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