Quality Learning
What is Quality Counts?

Quality Counts California (QCC) is a statewide effort to strengthen California’s early learning and care system to support young children and their families. QCC focuses on quality early learning and care experiences because those experiences build the foundation for skills children need in school, work, and life.

 

Locally, Quality Counts Ventura County (QCVC) identifies and standardizes quality elements. QCVC is anchored in a 5-tier matrix designed to assess quality levels and provide supports for improvement in early care and education settings. QCVC receives and braids funding from First 5 California and the California Department of Education to serve the county’s most vulnerable children by promoting quality standards, enhancing the accessibility of high-quality early learning programs, providing educators and administrators with professional development and resources, and financial incentives that support quality.

 
Why Quality Matters
Research continues to show that children who attend a quality early learning and care program are more likely to do well in school and less likely to drop out or need remedial supports later in their education.
 

Families, eductors, policymakers, and the general public realize now more than ever that a child’s early years are the most critical for establishing a foundation for learning. With thousands of Ventura County’s children in out-of-home care every day, the quality of that care is vitally important as it impacts a child’s readiness for school. Quality Counts Ventura County aims to assist families in making an informed decision to choose the right early learning environment. 

Ratings in Ventura County

Early learning sites, including center-based and family child care, participating in Quality Counts Ventura County are rated on scale of 1-5 with 5 as the highest quality. The tier rating is determined by a calculation of several elements of quality, such as, ratios and group size, teacher-child interactions, teacher qualifications, the appropriateness of the environment and developmental assessments and screenings. 

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