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

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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.

The San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) is a measurable, large-scale, quality improvement system that provides customized support to professionals working with children from birth to age 5 who are interested in creating optimal learning experiences for children. All sites receive a Quality Tier Rating from 1 to 5. Tiers 4 and 5 are considered High Quality.

QPI aligns with the California Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and is primarily funded by First 5 San Diego with priority participation focused on high-needs preschool settings. Additional grants from the California Department of Education (CDE) and local foundations provide financial support for the expansion of QPI to sites serving infants and toddlers, and family child-care homes. Private early-care and education centers may access QPI for a fee.

Visit for additional information about QPI; and to find participating preschools, infant/toddler centers, and family child care homes near you.