With back to school upon us, families are preparing for the start of a new school year. Along with the practical concerns of getting ready for school, we have reflected, we have established goals, and we are ready to climb the new heights in front of us.
In similar likeness, Child360 has been fervently preparing for the start of its new year by driving conversations around quality. It has been our priority this summer to make sure we are working with our partners to advance change and move the needle for our youngest learners and their teachers. We’ve held meetings with our country’s decision makers and taken them on field-trips to experience first-hand the quality early learning programs that are making a difference. Providers shared powerful stories behind the families and children they serve and attributed their success to investments and partnerships with organizations such as ourselves.
A few weeks ago, Child360 represented by Dawn Kurtz, made a presentation at the National Conference of Legislatures to a unique cohort of legislators, researchers and advocacy groups from across the nation, on the important issues our children face. Alongside our partner, First 5 Los Angeles, we were able to share the impact of our unique approach to coaching and the innovative ways we are developing the early education workforce. One of our early learning providers, Para Los Niños, hosted the group for a tour of their facilities, which highlighted their impact on Skid Row. In a room full of legislators from around the country representing the spectrum of political thought, it was clear that the work we are doing to support and improve quality early education is vital to a successful nation.
This past Monday, I had the opportunity to meet fellow organizations from Southern California at the Region IX QRIS Summit. Among coaches, trainers, assessors, raters, and QRIS leadership staff, I was honored to tell them about the work we are doing to help implement Quality Start LA. A key theme of the summit was “partnerships”. This was meaningful for many reasons. Partnerships serve as a major goal that guides and informs our current work. And, it is with partnerships that we can advance our mission going forward.
I’m excited to see what’s to come, as we continue to learn, share, and grow with one another through this very important and emerging field.
Bill Sperling, Acting CEO