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 In January 2016, the California Department of Education released a Request for Applications for the Infant/Toddler Quality Rating and Improvement System (I/T QRIS) Block Grant. The grant, which in total will allocate over $24 million from the state general fund, is intended to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to help infant and toddler childcare providers meet a higher standard of quality.
FIRST 5 gathered with local consortium partners to solicit input and identify the quality improvement activities and incentives necessary to support the quality of the 51 infant/toddler sites who are currently participating in the county’s local QRIS, as well as 22 new incoming sites. Based upon this feedback, FIRST 5 submitted a block grant application prioritizing these needs.
In March 2016, 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 the high-quality early learning experiences
necessary to provide a solid foundation for future success in school and beyond.