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The QSSB Conference Empowers Early Educators for a 2nd Year

The QSSB Conference Empowers Early Educators for a 2nd Year

Quality Start San Bernardino County (QSSB) presented the 2nd Annual QSSB Early Childhood Conference on July 13th and 14th, at Cal State San Bernardino. This sold out conference brought together nearly 300 early childhood educators from around the county to grow their skills, network with their peers, and receive much deserved encouragement and support.

Introducing Quality Counts California

Introducing Quality Counts California

 

What is Quality Counts California?

Quality Counts California is a statewide system that works with local leadership to implement defined standards of quality in early care and education environments. Started in 2011 and led by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division and First 5 California, the program engages with local consortia to implement Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Consortia groups, commonly made up of members of education departments, First 5’s, resource and referral agencies and institutions of higher learning, are responsible for coordinating efforts around established standards and utilizing reliable tools to measure those standards. The goal of Quality Counts California is to create alignment among counties and utilize strategic funding to increase access to high quality care and education for infant, toddler, and preschool age children across the state.

Use books to help prepare your little learner for preschool

Use books to help prepare your little learner for preschool

So your child is about to start preschool? Prepare them for the adventure.

There are many things you can do as a parent or caregiver to prepare your little one for preschool! Whether you reinforce self-help skills, work on the art of give and take conversations, or make play dates with other children to encourage relational skills, one key is to keep mentions of school casual. 

High Quality Early Education is a Team Effort for San Bernardino County

High Quality Early Education is a Team Effort for San Bernardino County

Meet the Quality Start Consortium

Quality Start San Bernardino County’s Consortium Workgroup is made up of local education agencies, early childhood educators, and community members who are passionate about the importance of high quality early care and education. The collaborative group meets on a quarterly basis to discuss program updates and pertinent topics related to the future of the program. April’s meeting focused on the experiences of enrolled early educators and provided an update on the Professional Development System that is currently being built.

Introducing organization teaches young kids about responsibilities and being helpful

Introducing organization teaches young kids about responsibilities and being helpful

Looking for a super easy and educational activity that’ll help keep your home or educational center clean — and the kids in your care entertained? Try introducing organization! It’s a great way to get children involved in everyday tasks and make them feel helpful.

Parents are their kids’ first teachers

Parents are their kids’ first teachers

Your child will spend tons of time with their first teacher before they ever step foot in a classroom: you. With that amazing role comes big responsibility. QSSB offers invaluable resources to help you provide high quality early education experiences while your kid is home — from ways to make playtime more educational to tips on how to turn your home into an unbelievable early learning environment.

QSSB currently has over 100 participating early care and education sites throughout the County

QSSB currently has over 100 participating early care and education sites throughout the County

The early childhood educators that work at these participating sites, including family child care homes, private centers and state preschools, are choosing to grow their quality. Working in early care, they understand the importance of the first five years of a child’s life and the long-term impact quality early learning has. 

QSSB is improving the quality of, and access to, early care centers in San Bernardino County

QSSB is improving the quality of, and access to, early care centers in San Bernardino County

At the start of 2017, over 120 early child care educators attended orientation sessions to learn more about what it means to be a participant in San Bernardino County’s first Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), Quality Start San Bernardino (QSSB). The educators represented licensed family child care homes, centers and state preschools passionate about providing the best care to the children and families they serve. This group is the first of many to be enrolled in the quality building program’s five-year plan. 

QSSB operational partners share a vision to increase the availability of quality early learning environments

QSSB operational partners share a vision to increase the availability of quality early learning environments

Counties throughout the state of California manage their own Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. Four partners, Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), First 5 San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), are responsible for the design, development and implementation of the Quality Rating and Improvement System here in the County. 

Quality Start San Bernardino County acknowledges and celebrates exceptional early educators

Quality Start San Bernardino County acknowledges and celebrates exceptional early educators

Last month Quality Start San Bernardino County (QSSB) had the great privilege of honoring early childhood educators from across the county! QSSB participants were recognized for completing their first year in the program as well as their overall commitment to providing high quality care and education for children zero to five.

Try This at Home! Crafts to Benefit your Child's Development

Try This at Home! Crafts to Benefit your Child's Development

Playing music with your child not only helps strengthen the bonds between the two of you, but builds connections in their brain to creativity and imagination. In fact, the benefits of incorporating music into your daily routine are far reaching, helping develop a child’s physical skills, language, and even self-confidence. Help them create their very own guitar out of recycled materials to make their very own music!