Raising Quality!  IMPACT Newsletter
March 2018
Welcome, Spring!
March 20 th ushers in Spring, a time of change, rebirth and growth. It is a time to re-energize one’s aspirations, hopes and dreams, to fulfill one’s purpose, mission and vision. Or in the Early Childhood world, it's a time for second collections of DRDPs, changing out your centers, and getting out that water table!

However you welcome Spring, take time to enjoy the beauty of this season!
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
News & Events
For events and the latest news on  Raising Quality!  and other important efforts in San Joaquin County, stay informed by visiting our updated News & Events   page for a complete listing of events. Here are just a few: 

Upcoming Trainings and Opportunities:
Please check out the following trainings and more on the Countywide Training System Calendar .

March 13, 2018 | Introduction to ASQ:SE-2
March 14, 2018 | ERS Overview
March 31, 2018 | Introduction to ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2
April 17, 2018 | CLASS Overview

Do you have other training topics in which you're interested? Let us know!

Early Literacy Workshops
Plan to join us for one or more workshops in this series designed to increase your knowledge of early language and literacy development. Please mark your calendars for upcoming workshops at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Check out the Save-the-Date  flyer! These hands-on, engaging events focus on research-based, developmentally appropriate practice. Come and network with fellow early educators as you participate in fun and interactive activities with practical interactions and strategies to take back to your early childhood setting.

Provider Stories & Highlights
It's a bird . . . it's a plane . . . it's . . .?
Meet the superheroes at Harvest Preschool! From the left, teachers Jamie, Lexie, Nana, Christina (Director), and Renee. These ladies use their super powers to provide quality care for the toddlers and preschoolers at Harvest Preschool.

Director Christina Hine has always been committed to quality, engaging back in 2014 in Race to the Top and now in Raising Quality!. She is celebrating her recent rating, saying, " I was looking at our rating and the areas we need to grow in as well. We’re going to update these areas for quality and not just to meet a tier for a reward. This rating will guide me this year in the areas of training, budget, and celebrating our wins."

The Quality Awards offered through Raising Quality! help providers replenish supplies and equipment. Christina used their Quality Award to invest in their classrooms, equipping them with science activity items, a listening center, and organization systems for portfolios. Outside improvements included the purchase of an activity cart and a playhouse to take dramatic play outside.

You can also use your awards for tuition ( click here for Scholarship info) and coursework fees to get that degree you've been thinking about, or to stay current in your professional development!

Have a success story you want to share? If so, contact Dorene at (209) 468-8141 or at dojow@sjgov.org .
Partner Programs
Tell a Friend!
There are limited slots available for Family Child Care Providers through our expansion fund for IMPACT 2.0. If you refer a provider, you could be eligible for a $100 bonus !   Click here for more information on our Referral Program.

Pictured at left: Horsie visits kids at Harvest Preschool
Resources to Help Raise Quality!
As they say, “It takes a village.” There are many resources throughout San Joaquin County to help support, collaborate and encourage the work done by Raising Quality! Partners. In this edition, we highlight these resources:

Sesame Street in Communities: Here, you’ll find hundreds of bilingual multi-media tools to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six, a critical window for brain development. These resources engage kids and adults in everyday moments and daily routines—from teaching early math and literacy concepts, to encouraging families to eat nutritious foods, to serious topics such as divorce and food insecurity.

Literacy Support: Check out what the San Joaquin Public Library has to offer!
Training Wheels
This early literacy vehicle travels to preschools and daycare centers throughout San Joaquin County. Each visit includes a special storytime where children ages 0-5 and their teachers and caregivers enjoy stories, songs and poetry. This program is funded largely by a California Library Literacy Services grant. To schedule a Training Wheels visit to your preschool or daycare, call (209) 937-8143.

 edWebinars:   Professional learning that works with your schedule--explore the world of free edWebinars - live or on-demand. Earn a CE certificate for attending or viewing the recordings. Upcoming webinars include: Meaningful Field Trips with Young Children; Preschool Approaches to Learning with Music; or, Effective Discipline Policies for Young Children. More info: edweb.net .

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About the Raising Quality!
Program
Raising Quality! is a quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs in San Joaquin County. Funded by First 5 California and organized by First 5 San Joaquin, Raising Quality! improves the quality of early learning programs and helps to close the achievement gap for our youngest learners. Read more about Raising Quality !
Raising Quality! | First 5 San Joaquin | (209) 953-5437 |   sjckids@sjgov.org | RaisingQualitySJC.org

Mission Statement: Raising Quality! helps the early childhood community support success for all children by working together to improve the quality of services and provide opportunities for growth.
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