What We Do

Comprehensive Early Learning System Overview

FIRST 5’s Early Learning System Initiative is a comprehensive, integrated, systematic approach ensuring Santa Clara County’s young children have access to high-quality early learning opportunities and enter school fully prepared to succeed academically, emotionally, physically and socially.

Research confirms the importance of high quality early learning experiences to effectively prepare young children for school and life. Studies show that high-quality early learning programs improve children’s school readiness and lead to better long-term academic achievement and adult health outcomes (Campbell et al., 2014)

Early Learning Systems Framework

Early education programs operate within social systems that are interconnected and collectively impact
educators, administrators and ultimately the healthy development of children and their families. When supporting early education programs to effectively prepare young children for school and life, an ecological systems approach is used based on the QRIS framework to increase the quality of early education programs.

Early Learning Systems Initiatives

First 5 IMPACT

IMPACT aims to help children ages 0 to 5 and their families thrive by increasing the number of high-quality early learning settings and supporting and engaging families in the early learning process…

Quality Rating and Improvement System Framework

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County and our early learning partners are committed to supporting our local early childhood educators to provide the highest quality care for Santa Clara County’s youngest children...

CSPP QRIS Block Grant

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...

I/T QRIS Block Grant

Santa Clara County received over $1 million in I/T QRIS Block Grant funds to ensure providers have what they need to give California’s youngest learners high-quality early learning experiences …

SEEDS of Early Literacy

All children need access to rich learning experiences around language, literacy, and relationships to ensure they enter kindergarten capable and ready to succeed...

MyTeachstone Pilot

FIRST 5 is providing professional development opportunities to local family childcare providers through myTeachstone, an online coaching resource…

Educare

Educare of California at Silicon Valley (ECSV) is a high-quality early learning center where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers growing up in families facing the toughest odds can prepare to start kindergarten engaged, healthy, eager to learn, and ready to succeed....

CARES Plus Program

CARES Plus is a statewide professional development program for early educators to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on increasing the quality, effectiveness, and retention of early educators...

Child Signature Program

The FIRST 5 Child Signature Program works with select Santa Clara County preschool classrooms to enhance the quailty of early learning programs, ensuring children get the support they need to become lifelong learners...