Research shows that high-quality early childhood education can yield significant short-term and long-term benefits for children. For example, children who attend high-quality early childhood education programs are more ready and willing to learn by the time they enter Kindergarten, are better socially and emotionally prepared to adjust to classroom settings, demonstrate greater cognitive abilities, and are more likely to succeed in school further down the road.
Quality Preschool Initiative
In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, First 5 San Diego’s Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) supports and enhances quality in center-based preschools serving low income children across San Diego County. QPI provides coaching for administrators and teachers to reach improvement goals in key areas like effective teacher-child interactions, creating safe and nurturing learning environments, promoting healthy development, and more. Preschool staff achieving quality milestones may access stipends through QPI, and preschool agencies may receive reimbursements for quality investments like time off for teachers attending professional development opportunities. To find a Quality Preschool Initiative site near you or for more information, call 1-888-5 FIRST 5 (1-888-534-7785) or click here.