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Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge GrantSanta Clara Universal Preschool MeetingAugust 8, 2013

Nicole O. Tanner, PhD.VIVA Strategy + Communications

www.first5kids.org1

The ProblemNearly 60% of US early learning centers are found to be of inadequate or minimal quality

Only 13% of Californias low income children are in high quality early learning programs

No consistent requirements for quality and minimal oversight2www.first5kids.org

Why Quality Matters3www.first5kids.orgEvery dollar invested in quality early education saves $7 in special education, public assistance, corrections andlost taxes. The rate of return for quality early childhood education is ten percent per year. An $8,000 investment at birth brings nearly an $800,000 return over the childs life.

3Elements of Quality4www.first5kids.org

Quality Rating & Improvement Systems (QRIS)

A tier rating system based on programs meeting specific standards with requirements that increase as programs move up. Training and support for programs to assess and improve the quality of their program.

Information for parents to help make early learning program choices.

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www.first5kids.orgEarly Learning Challenge GrantFederal Grant Program(Dept of Ed & Dept of Health & Human Services)

72011201220139 States5 StatesTBD$500 Million$133 Million$300 Millionwww.first5kids.orgEarly Learning Challenge Grant FocusIncrease the number of young children in high quality early learning programs

Focus on children who are in greatest need, including children from low-income families, children with special needs, and English Language Learners

Design and implement integrated systems

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Race to the Top ELC in CaliforniaCA Received $52.6 million

Jan 2012-Dec 2015

75% of funds to 17 Local Consortium*

16 counties with 1.9 million children under 5

Focus on local QRISs

*2 in Los Angeles

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How it worksCDE is CA Lead

Local Partnerships (Consortium)

Common Quality Continuum Framework (5 Level/Tier System)

Local design, with statewide and regional coordination

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www.first5kids.org11RTT in Santa Clara CountyFirst 5 Santa Clara County was awarded $2.7M of funding spanning four fiscal years to:

Design and launch an Early Care Quality Rating System in Santa Clara County with emphasis on high needs childrenWork with other Bay Area Counties to build a coordinated systemServe as a mentor to non RTT Bay Area Counties

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www.first5kids.orgFirst 5 Santa Clara County LeadWestEd E3 Institute Administering AgencyConsortium of Key StakeholdersExecutive Cabinet Local LeadersTask GroupsVIVA Strategy + Communications Strategic Consultation

13The Focus of RTT in Santa Clara CountyDevelop a model for a Santa Clara County QRIS

Pilot the QRIS with local programs:AssessmentQuality Improvement PlansProfessional DevelopmentCoaching and Mentoring

Identify opportunities to expand the QRIS14www.first5kids.orgUniquely Santa Clara County15www.first5kids.orgCARES: support for professional development nearly 90% workforceChild Signature: early learning in 22 sites serving more than 1,000 children annuallySEEDS15

The Opportunity16www.first5kids.orgQuestions17

www.first5kids.orgContactsNicole O. Tanner, Ph.D.RTT Consultant to First 5650.832.1205nicole@viva-strategy.com

Jolene SmithChief Executive OfficerFirst 5 Santa Clara County408.260.3701jolene@first5kids.org

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