The evaluation team from the Florida Institute of Education at University of North Florida used several instruments to estimate improvement in the children’s early learning. The Bracken Basic Concept Scale―Third Edition: Receptive (BBCS-3:R),1 and the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) served as measures of children’s school readiness. Test of Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL)2 was used to assess important components of children’s early literacy.
This Quality Counts workforce update is based on employment and education data of ECE practitioners as of March 2015 for program sites participating in the full Professional Development (PD) Services offered through the Quality Counts Career Center (QCCC) encompassing career advising, wage supplements, and educational scholarships. Programs include child care centers and family child care homes (FCCHs). This study also provides information on how the workforce has changed since its initial entry into Quality Counts (QC).
Quality Counts is a voluntary improvement system that reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards. We offer supports and incentives to help providers reach their goals and improve the quality of early care and education programs in Miami-Dade County.
This is the provider manual for the Strong Minds Network, Palm Beach County’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System.
One of the strategies used to prepare children for school was the development of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) initiated by CSC more than 10 years ago. Based on the learning from the current system, Quality Counts (QC), national research, and a review of our system by national experts, CSC has decided to replace the current system with a new system: the Strong Minds network. The network will have greater emphasis on achieving child outcomes so that children will be ready for school.
Teachstone transforms teaching and learning, applying what works to what matters. Teachstone improves learning from birth to high school by making teachers more effective in their interactions with students. They do this using proven approaches to classroom observation and educator professional development. Their attention to quality control, high fidelity implementation, and support for users is fundamental to their impact.