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.

Complete Manual:  

Administration of ECE Coaching Initiatives

Manual by Sections:

Manual Cover

Manual Page/Index

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 (rowena.kamo@first5alameda.org)


Alameda County Workforce Study Survey Reports:

2016 Alameda County ECE Workforce Study

2016 Alameda County Sequal Report-Teachers' Voices


Alameda County ECE Professional Development Survey Results:

2023 results coming soon!

2022 Alameda County ECE Professional Development Training Topic Survey Results

2022 Resultados de la Encuesta de Temas para Entrenamiento de Desarrollo Profesional de ECE del Condado de Alameda

2022 阿拉米達縣幼教專業發展培訓主題問卷調查結果


Our Partners:

  • 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


Our Accomplishments:

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

Welcome to the 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.
Questions? Need support?