Did you know that children score better on intelligence and social competence tests when their caregivers have higher levels of child-related training and formal education? Do you want to learn more about how you can improve the quality of the child care you are providing?
In the United States, nearly 11 million children under age five spend some or all of their day being cared for by someone other than their parents. The first three years of a child’s life are a critical time of growth and development; beginning in infancy, high quality child care affects a child’s ability to succeed in school, to develop relationships, and to master social competence. Currently, more than 40% of infants and toddlers are in child care rooms of poor quality.
Child Care Quality Improvement Project provides funding, coaching, and training for home child care providers as they work toward receiving a professional rating.
Child care providers begin the program by completing a self-evaluation rating in their classroom or home. Providers, along with their coach, use this baseline rating to develop a quality improvement plan. After the plan, which prepares the provider for their quality rating or accreditation, is implemented, the provider is assessed and scored/accredited.
The Child Care Quality Improvement Project is evaluated based on the FCCERS and Qualistar ratings and accreditations received by participants. It is also evaluated based on the improvements documented between the initial evaluations and final ratings received by each provider.
Goal 1: Assist participating providers in making quality improvements in their child care facilities.
Goal 2: Assist participating providers in attaining a quality rating or accreditation.