900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Quality Counts enabled me to lead with an understanding of the most relevant practices in early care and education. Quality Counts provides guidance, support, and professional grounding in my efforts to carry out our mission and ministry at St. Matthew’s, which is to attend to the whole child and their family. 

Barbara Coleman

Director, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Preschool

What We Do

Quality Counts

Quality Counts creates high-quality learning environments and promotes best practices for teachers that help prepare our youngest students for success in school and life. By providing targeted professional development, mentorship and coaching, and nationally recognized assessments, it lays the foundation for continuous improvement.

Join Quality Counts

To be eligible for participation programs must:

  • be licensed, registered, or approved
  • be located in Spartanburg County
  • have no pending DSS violations for longer than 3 months
  • have a No Corporal Punishment Policy

Upcoming Events

June 14, 2022

Quality Counts: Intro, Quality, & Teamwork 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Our Impact


Child Care



Children Enrolled in Classrooms Served

For more information about our impact on Spartanburg County check out our
Annual Report.


Birth to Five Classrooms Served

2020 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award Winner



Artsy Thursday

Artsy Thursday

Think, problem solve, create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children...

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Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday

If You Give a Dog a Donut - Donut Apple Slice Recipe Here's a fun activity to do with your child! Read If You Give a Dog a Donut and then make these tasty donut apple slices together. Ingredients: Apples Suggested "frosting": chocolate-hazelnut spread, peanut butter,...

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Music Monday

Music Monday

Music is a universal form of communication for all generations, cultures, and ages.  Music supports all areas of young children’s development and provides a nurturing learning environment.  The following are benefits for integrating music and early childhood...

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Our Approach



Classroom Assessment Scoring System


Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, 3rd Edition

Professional Development

Including authentic learning, emergent literacy practices, and behavior management



Infant/Toddler Environement Rating Scale

Spartanburg County First Steps
900 South Pine St.
Suite C
Spartanburg, SC 29307