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Child Care programs displaying this sign are committed to improving the quality of early care and education they provide for the children and families they serve.

Quality Counts California (QCC), Nevada County is part of Quality Counts California, a statewide network of locally implemented quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). QRIS supports programs in raising the quality of early care and education and helps families identify programs that demonstrate a commitment to quality.​

Any child care program, whether license-exempt or licensed, can participate in the Quality Counts California (QCC) program. By participating in QCC, programs commit to meeting standards that go beyond basic licensing requirements to enhance the quality of care and education they provide. They participate in ongoing professional development training, mentoring, coaching, program assessments, and accountability. QCC programs focus on improving environment quality, teacher-child interactions, and child learning outcomes.

Choosing child care for your infant, toddler, or preschooler is a significant decision. Quality is a crucial factor to consider, but it's not always easy to identify. Understanding the key elements of quality can help you make an informed decision when selecting a child care or preschool setting for your family.

  1. Teacher-Child Interactions: Teachers talk, play, read, laugh, and interact positively with the children in their care. They develop children's critical thinking, social skills, language, self-confidence, and curiosity.

  2. Physical Environment: Teachers provide a rich learning environment with varied materials, activities, and routines. Areas are healthy, clean, and safe.

  3. Child Development: Teachers closely monitor children's development and ensure they receive health screenings.

  4. Curriculum: Teachers use an engaging curriculum with developmentally appropriate activities to meet children's learning needs.

  5. Staff Qualifications: Staff are knowledgeable and caring with training and/or degrees in Early Childhood Education; they continuously participate in professional growth activities. 

The child care programs below participate in QCC and are committed to going above and beyond licensing standards to improve the quality of care and education they provide for your children. With support from a team of early childhood experts, they are making improvements in areas that research shows help young children thrive.

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