Quality Counts San Mateo County Early Learning Excellence
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How to participate

Thank you for your interest in participating in Quality Counts!

Quality Counts San Mateo County provides a framework, standards and quality improvement supports for early learning programs large and small. It creates a powerful professional development path for early educators, helping them to continually assess and improve the quality of their services. Any licensed family child care educator, licensed center or license-exempt center serving children from birth to age five in San Mateo County is eligible to apply.

What to expect

Quality Counts evaluates sites based on three core areas: child development and school readiness; teachers and teaching; and program and environment.

Quality Counts participants will each be assigned a coach who will provide assistance throughout the Quality Counts experience.

  • 1Attend an orientation welcoming you to the Quality Counts program
  • 2Complete a participation agreement, brief site application and self-assessment
  • 3Meet with a Quality Counts coach to prepare for rating
  • 4Take advantage of Quality Counts trainings and technical assistance
  • 5Based on the ratings, create an action plan to make realistic quality improvement
  • 6Receive an improvement grant, training, materials or coaching to achieve goals in the plan
  • 7Be recognized for your participation in Quality Counts
  • 8Get re-rated every two years
  • 9Continuous quality improvement helps programs and children to thrive!