Our Programs

Quality Counts
Raising the Quality of Early Learning & Care

We are Improving Quality

Many of Tuolumne County Preschools, Family Child Care Homes, and Private Centers have been working hard to improve the quality of their programs.

Professional Development

In 2017/2018 Early Childhood Educators in Tuolumne County spent over 1,173 hours building their own capacity and improve their ability to care for our children and earned 54 college units in Child Development.

Developmental Screenings

All of our licensed private and public sites were able to participate in learning about Developmental Screenings, which taught both the providers and parents how to use the Ages and Stages Questionairre

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning is foundational to early education.  In 2017/2018 our early educators spent 125 hours being coached on how to help develop their program to aid in positive social and emotional development.

Ratings

In a way to show continuous growth and standardize what is proven to enhance the quality of our early education system, a rating system was created. Search Rated Programs below.

Quality Counts Rated Programs

Apply For a Quality Counts Stipend

Registration is closed for the 2018/2019 program

Family Support Sites

All sites and all individuals must fill out an application every year.  If the site or the individual is returning, less information will be required.

A link to the online application will be emailed to you if you have participated last year.  The link will also be on the First 5 Tuolumne website.  

 

Family Childcare Providers

All sites and all individuals must fill out an application every year.  If the site or the individual is returning, less information will be required.

A link to the online application will be emailed to you if you have participated last year.  The link will also be on the First 5 Tuolumne website. 

Non-Rated Centers

All sites and all individuals must fill out an application every year.  If the site or the individual is returning, less information will be required.

A link to the online application will be emailed to you if you have participated last year.  The link will also be on the First 5 Tuolumne website.  

Rated Sites

All sites and all individuals must fill out an application every year.  If the site or the individual is returning, less information will be required.

A link to the online application will be emailed to you if you have participated last year.  The link will also be on the First 5 Tuolumne website.  

 

Licensed centers and preschools

For the 3rd year, ICES and Tuolumne County First 5 will be offering licensed child care providers and Licensed Private Centers the opportunity to participate in our local “Quality Counts” program (formerly IMPACT). We hope you will join the growing movement that acknowledges the importance of strengthening young children’s learning and development by participating in the “Quality Counts” project. ​Questions?  Call Chris Mackenzie at 533-0377 or email at chrism@icesagency.org

State Preschool and Head Start Staff, contact your supervisor for all the details on how to participate.

Home visitors, family advocates, and family engagement staff

The “Quality Counts” Consortium in Tuolumne County is offering incentives for sites that serve families with home visiting and other family support activities to participate in quality improvement activities this year.   Last year, this program was known as First 5 IMPACT.
This information is for staff employed at:

  • ATCAA Tuolumne Home Base
  • ICES Raising Healthy Families
  • ATCAA Family Learning Center
  • Other sites that are interested in becoming a Quality Counts Site with a family engagement focus.

Questions can be relayed through the site supervisor or directly to Quality Counts to:  Sheila Kruse   (588-8067, sheilamkruse@gmail.com) or Sarah Garcia  (536-2070, sgarcia@tcsos.us)

CONNECT TO IPINWHEEL

All eligible Professional Development and Education must be submitted on the iPinwheel Database System.
Participants must use the iPinwheel database system to input: (1) professional development hours (PD hours); (2) college units, including attaching transcripts; and (3) basic information including demographics and education level.