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    Quality Counts California – Raising the Quality of Early Learning and Care


    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 uses an equity approach to close the education gap:


    • Prioritizing communities where we can make the greatest impact
    • Providing access to tools and resources for quality partners, including Quality Improvement Systems (QIS) administrators, coaches, trainers, and higher education faculty
    • Linking early educators to resources and support to advance their commitment to quality early learning and care
    • Informing parents and families about the importance of quality early learning and helping them identify quality early learning and care environments
    • Offering information and research to help policymakers communicate the value and importance of quality early learning and care


    QCC is funded by a collaboration between First 5 California (F5CA), the California Department of Education (CDE), and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

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    Quality Counts California

    QCC focuses on quality early learning and care because those foundational experiences help build the skills children need in school, work, and life. (Reference: Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child)

    • QCC defines quality as early learning and care programs that have environments, relationships, interactions, and activities to support all children’s growth and development to prepare them for success in school and life.
    • 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 support later in their education.


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    Learn more about how QCC fits within the local and national landscape of early learning and care for children.