High quality child care gives early education helps all children to thrive in their earliest years and prepares them to succeed in school and in life. QUALITY MATTERS a STRONG START for kids is a community partnership focused on increasing the quality of licensed early learning programs serving children ages prenatal through 5 in Santa Clara County.
Partners in Play
“As a QRIS provider, FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County has provided me with professional development such as formal education, ongoing trainings; program assessments (ECCRS, FCCERS); program feedback; and developmental screening tools (ASQ, DRDP) necessary to vastly improve the quality of care for the children enrolled in my FCC program. One program to help improve my teaching practices related to CLASS is through convenient Teachstone online videos. Lastly, the families and children enjoy Raising a Reader book bags so now the children prefer books as their first free choice activity in the mornings. Prior to becoming a QRIS provider I did not have access to any of above supports. Thank you FIRST 5!”
Natural Foundations Preschool
"Through my involvement in QUALITY MATTERS, I have been fortunate enough to participate in SEEDS, RAR, My Teachstone, and the MA cohort. I have changed and improved my teaching practices because of what I learned in SEEDS, RAR, and My Teachstone. Now in the MA cohort, I am learning about my role as an advocate for equity and justice for the children and families in my community. QUALITY MATTERS has profoundly impacted me as a teacher and I in turn am using what I learned to impact my community positively."
FCCHP Consortium Upcoming Meeting
February 13, 2018 / 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
QUALITY MATTERS…a STRONG START for kids is a comprehensive approach to ensuring Santa Clara County’s young children have access to high-quality early learning opportunities and enter school fully prepared to succeed cognitively, socially, developmentally, and physically.
QUALITY MATTERS…a STRONG START for kids values the important role that early care and education teachers and caregivers play in giving children the care, attention and early learning opportunities that they need in their first years.
High-quality early learning experiences make a lasting difference—they help prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Children who receive a high quality early childhood education.