On Tuesday evening, April 26th, Spartanburg County First Steps Quality Counts held a Ten-Year Celebration at the Cleveland Park Event Center. More than 180 came together to celebrate this milestone, including early care and education directors and teachers, community and state partners, and advisory and board members.
The evening included reflections from Dr. John Stockwell, former Spartanburg Academic Movement CEO and Carolyn Gibson, a founding member of the Quality Counts Leadership team. Click here to read comments from Molly Talbot-Metz, President/CEO of the Mary Black Foundation.
The event concluded with recognition of the 40 early care and education programs who are currently participating. 43% of the programs recognized have been with Quality Counts since the pilot in 2012. Participating programs use a loop of continuous quality improvement and 5 nationally recognized standards to build high-quality learning environments for children 6 weeks to age 4.