In order to thrive, children need nurturing, responsive relationships and a supportive learning environment, both within and outside the home.
For infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the quality of care they receive is crucial to their healthy development and eventual readiness for school. Child care providers strive to provide that type of quality care, but often lack the resources that are commonly available to publicly-funded early childhood programs, such as educational materials, on-site professional development, and other support. First Steps’ Child Care Quality Enhancement (QE) is intended to produce measurable improvements in the quality of care provided to young children. Participating child care providers must serve a significant percentage of at-risk children, and are selected through a competitive process that equires a strong level of commitment to the QE process.
|Child Care Provider||Pre/Post Improvement|
|Beathesda Christian School||From 4.89 to 5.1|
|Child Care Providers Served||6|
|Number of TA Visits Provided||106|
|Number of Child 0-5 Enrolled in Provider Classroom||186|
Having a Kershaw County First Steps technical assistance provider observe, provide feedback and offer strategies helped to sustain our classroom status. - Marie Steward, Lil Angels Daycare