First 5 IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive) is an innovative approach that forges partnerships between First 5 California and counties to achieve the goal of helping 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.
Santa Clara County’s IMPACT model takes a community-centered approach by building quality improvement supports and networks for family child care providers within FIRST 5 Family Resource Centers across the county. The Santa Clara County IMPACT model has two components:
Based on the research of Betty Hart and Todd Risley (1995) that shows the rate of early vocabulary growth predicts later performance in school, Kathleen Horst developed SEEDS to ensure that children would have the opportunity and experiences necessary to be school ready.
Through IMPACT funding, family childcare (FCC) providers will learn valuable skills to create quality early learning and literacy-rich family home environments.
The program includes the following components:
In the first year of IMPACT, a Quality Improvement Specialist will work in coordination with program site administrators/teachers to support the development of a quality improvement plans that will address the needs identified through the rating and assessment process.
FIRST 5 and consortium partners will convene a professional development workgroup that will map, leverage, and align trainings with all partners to support consistency of quality standards, reduce duplication of efforts, and increase access to professional development for early educators. This will ultimately increase in the number of high-quality early learning settings and ensure children enter school ready to succeed.