Quality Early Care and Education
First 5 Alameda County supports high quality early care and education through:
Professional development resources for early childhood educators
An integrated Quality Rating and Improvement System that includes funding, technical assistance, and coaching/consultation to improve the quality of child care programs and facilities. Read more about the Quality Counts Program.
Higher education and college-based professional development initiatives
Administration of ECE Coaching Initiatives Manual
Does your organization or agency currently provide professional coaching in Early Care and Education (ECE)? Or, do you plan to provide coaching services in ECE in the near future? If so, do you know what is needed to create and implement an effective coaching initiative? First 5 Alameda County has released a manual designed for use by managers who are responsible for the creation and oversight of effective coaching initiatives for ECE sites. From assessment to orientation, implementation to evaluation, this comprehensive manual provides step-by-step support to help develop and conduct effective ECE coaching initiatives. Included with the manual are ten sample documents to help design a coaching initiative for your needs. A free download of the manual is now available from First 5 Alameda County.
Manual by Sections:
Section 1- Introduction
Section 2- Blueprint
Section 3- Key Principles of Effective Coaching
Section 4- Foundations
Section 5- Building Blocks
Section 6- Samples
Section 7- Bibliography
For more information, please contact Rowena Kamo (email@example.com)
Alameda County Workforce Study Survey Reports:
Alameda County ECE Professional Development Survey Results:
2023 results coming soon!
Alameda County Resource and Referral Agencies
Alameda County Local Child Care Planning Council
Interagency Children's Policy Council
Institutions of Higher Education: Community Colleges and Universities
Early Childhood Mentor Program
Bay Area Quality Rating and Improvement System Partnership (BAQRISP)
Help Me Grow Alameda County
The Low Income Investment Fund
First 5 California
Alameda County School Districts
Jewish Family and Children's Services
City Slicker Farms
With over 255 participating programs serving over 11,000 children, our work ensures more children have access to quality early learning. Quality Counts has supported teachers and informal caregivers alike, providing professional development opportunities, coaching, and $1.4 million dollars in awards distributed directly to child care providers. We’re just getting started!
Interested in Quality Counts?
While we are not currently recruiting new sites to Quality Counts, please fill out our Quality Counts Interest List so that we can reach out when recruitment does open. At that time, all sites must formally apply to participate in Quality Counts. Submitting the Interest List does not guarantee admittance.
CA Early Care and Education Workforce Registry
The CA ECE Workforce Registry is a statewide website that maintains demographic and verified educational information for members of the early care and education workforce. This data system keeps track of your employment history, degrees, professional development hours, child development permits, credentials, and accomplishments. The Registry is your online ECE portfolio!
Looking for a job in the ECE field or looking to hire? We encourage you to use the Registry's Job Board.
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