Accessing Quality Early Care
Research supports the social and financial benefits of ensuring quality early education for young children, particularly those most at-risk. San Francisco will provide an overview of the city/county’s Quality Circle – a system strategy taken to connect families and children to quality child care experiences. The presentation highlighted over a decade of quality assessment and quality improvement efforts, as well as more recent efforts, including the development of a Family Child Care Quality Network to enroll infants and toddlers from homeless families and child welfare cases. The workshop will emphasize: 1) components of the Quality Circle, 2) the community partner process for developing the system, 3) exigent issues related to CalWORKs vouchered child care, and 4) provide Q&A and opportunities for participants to consider aspects of the system that should be considered locally and in California’s early education system.
- Michele Rutherford, Deputy Director, San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education
- Alyson Lee-Suzuki, Chief Program Officer, Wu Yee Children’s Services