FIRST 5 is working locally to
increase the number of low-income children in high-quality preschool programs,
through the use of CSPP QRIS Block Grant funds.
The block grant is aimed at raising the quality of California State Preschool Programs (CSPP) in Santa Clara County by providing additional quality improvement supports and incentives which include:
The block grant builds upon an
existing statewide Race
to the Top QRIS structure which rates early childcare programs for levels
of quality and encourages them to raise their quality standards. Block grant participants
develop an action plan to set ambitious, yet achievable, targets for their
programs to increase their level of quality.
CSPP agencies are rewarded for reaching higher quality standards and leveraging local resources for continuous quality improvement.