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The Angle, August 2018 – Quality Start Los Angeles

Our approach to supporting teachers and children cultivates the quality early learning program everyone deserves.
Did you know, from birth to five, a child’s brain develops more rapidly than any other time in life?! Yet never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

LA County’s childcare shortages rank near the lowest statewide (only 15% of eligible families are served by state-subsidized child care programs). And even with these numbers, access doesn’t necessarily equal quality. 

That is why Child360 partners with like-minded organizations to implement a county-wide initiative to improve the quality of early learning programs throughout Los Angeles County. Our holistic model of supporting educators, directors, children, and even their families is what makes our approach unique, and we thought it would be helpful to provide a “101” on the movement that guides it all: Quality Start Los Angeles.
So, whether you’re a parent, an early learning provider, or an advocate for children and families, we’re taking it back to the basics to help you understand how Quality Start LA helps you, and the vital role you play in the health, happiness, and development of children: our future.

What is Quality Start LA?

Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early learning providers in Los Angeles County. QRIS is a statewide and national movement that promotes high-quality early learning for children, and helps families find high-quality programs. Providers that participate in QSLA are committed to continually raising the quality of their care.

What is the Quality Start LA Difference? 

Early care and education professionals teach young children at a time when their brains are growing at their most rapid rates; they help introduce children to words, numbers, nature, science, music, and art.  They also help them get in touch with their emotions and develop both the right and left sides of their brains.
By participating in Quality Start LA, participating programs receive:
• On-site coaching
• Trainings
• Incentives to buy new supplies and materials
Support is customized, determined by a rating, to help identify a program’s existing strengths, and the accountability to help them keep improving.

What is a Quality Start LA rating?

Quality Start LA rates participating programs using a set of state standards and tools known to promote high-quality early learning for kids.
Some of the standards that Quality Start LA looks at are:
• Staff qualifications
• Interactions between teachers and children
• The health and safety of the environment
• How teachers meet the developmental needs of children

What are the benefits to providers?

• Free, ongoing professional development
• Free family engagement opportunities for families at QSLA programs
• Education stipend, incentives, and potential grant programs

What are the benefits to parents and families?

• Ensures children receive high-quality early learning experiences
• Educates families on what quality looks like and the role they play in children’s development
• Allows families to participate in workshops and community events that are fun for the whole family
If you are a parent, we encourage you to chat with your child’s educator to learn more about your child’s program and their quality improvement plan. If you are a provider, thank you for joining a national movement to advance quality in early learning and make a difference for our youngest learners!
To learn more, please contact us 213.416.1274 or qsla@child360.org.

This piece is the first installment of a series that demonstrates how Child360 lifts up early learning from every angle.  Stay tuned for next month’s feature, which will provide a deep-dive into the day-to-day work of our coaches who elevate the quality of early learning programs for both our clients and our partners. 

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