QSLA works directly at the site level, providing hands-on support in the form of coaching, professional development, and family engagement; as well as providing direct support to parents; and working to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of investing in quality programs for children birth to five.
QSLA rates programs on specific quality measures found in the California Quality Continuum Framework Rating Matrix such as learning activities, teacher-child interactions, and environment. Ratings are from 1 to 5, with 5 demonstrating the highest quality. To date, 45 states across the country are piloting or implementing a QRIS quality accountability system. All 58 counties in California are currently participating in QRIS, with Los Angeles County as an early adopter of the early learning QRIS movement. The consortia that leads the program is comprised of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the County of Los Angeles Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA) and First 5 LA.
"QSLA benefits children, families, and the early learning workforce across LA County. By investing in and promoting quality, we are changing the landscape for our youngest children's learning and development," said Alexandra Himmel, Los Angeles Universal Preschool’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.
“QSLA is able to provide support such as incentives to participating early learning providers to help them improve the quality of services they provide to LA County's youngest learners,” said Ilyssa Foxx, QRIS Program Manager at CCALA.
QSLA is funded by both state and local dollars serving state and non-state funded Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs, centers and family child cares.
To learn more about QSLA or to find a provider that is participating in QSLA, go to www.QualityStartLA.org.
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