Raising Quality!  IMPACT Newsletter
September 2018
Has your Starbucks started offering pumpkin spice lattes yet? Maybe not quite yet, but soon . . . Autumn starts September 23rd!

Whether it's the foliage, the fashion, or the cool, crisp weather that gets you going, everybody has a soft spot for fall. It may not be the start of the calendar year, but it does seem to be the start of something entirely different as summer ends and schools get back into the grind. Between the new student registrations and first DRDP collections, don't forget to take some time to watch the leaves turn!
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 .

September 4, 2018 | Introduction to the ASQ-3
September 8, 2018 | Looking Deeper into the Environment Rating Scales
September 11, 2018 | ERS Overview
September 18, 2018 | Introduction to the ASQ:SE-2
September 29, 2018 | Desired Results Developmental Profile
October 23, 2018 | CLASS Overview
October 27, 2018 | CSEFEL Overview
November 3, 2018 | ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 Overview
November 6, 2018 | ERS Overview

Family Day at the Park - Saturday, September 15, 2018, University Park in Stockton
It’s FREE! It’s FUN! And it’s all about literacy and education. A wonderful day you won’t want to miss!
  • Interactive projects in every booth
  • Live music
  • Face painting
  • Clowns
  • Something for everyone in the family!
First 5 San Joaquin is again sponsoring Alphabet Alley -- check it out!

Raising Quality! Consortium Meeting - October 19, 2018
Save the date for the Raising Quality! Consortium meeting at Public Health in Stockton (1601 E. Hazelton) from 9:00AM - 11:30AM. Keep up with the latest developments and let us know how we can improve Raising Quality! in our county. RSVP here .

Strengthening Families: Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life
Don't miss these two series of workshops on the Protective Factors Framework! Each series starts off with an Introduction to Strengthening Families, and then delves into the five Protective Factors. Come to the evening sessions, or join the Saturday morning groups. Strengthening Families Protective Factors Workshop Series

It's not Scary, It's a Gas!
Check out this STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) workshop. It's Saturday, October 13, 2018. Includes breakfast, lunch and maker space materials. Get STEAMed!

Looking for a Few Good Men-tors . . .
No, not the Marines, but the California Early Childhood Mentor Program! It’s seeking to build a pool of Director Mentors--Early Childhood professionals who enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with other programs. If you like to help others succeed, read about the Mentor Program.  Information sessions are coming up in September!

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


Lani Schiff-Ross, Executive Director of First 5 San Joaquin, recently toured two Raising Quality!
Family Child Care Homes - Diana's Day Care
and Wonderland Day Care.

Diana's Day Care, located in Stockton, is owned by Diana Quiroga, who has operated her program since 2007. Diana enrolled in Race to the Top in 2014 and continued with Raising Quality!, and was one of the first to achieve Tier 5. Lani asked Diana what gets her excited and keeps her involved in child care; Diana declared, "The children light me up!" She's also proud of her program's strong preschool base, considering the children's performance in Kindergarten and first grade "a great success!" (See Diana's picture in the Partner Programs section below.)

Trini Serrano and José Chavez, owners of Wonderland Day Care in Stockton (pictured above left), also a Tier 5 program, welcomed Lani and showed her their extensive outdoor classroom, funded in part with Raising Quality! Quality Awards. Trini and José were active participants in Race to the Top and progressed to Tier 5 under Raising Quality!. Lani observed, "Visiting José and Trini and meeting their children, it's apparent they see this as a family mission to invest in children and families."  This husband/wife team achieved their Quality Growth Plan goal of advancing to a higher tier by implementing new tools and continuing their education to keep them "on the right track."

Lani reflected on the tour, saying, "It was an affirming time for me to know that First 5 San Joaquin's long term investment in promoting quality child development is a good investment. Seeing two of the four of our Tier 5 family child care providers left me with a strong sense of hope for our future generation, knowing the children are spending their days in high quality programs that will have a long term positive impact on their future." To Diana, Trini and José and all of our Raising Quality! providers, Congratulations, and thank you for your dedication to providing quality care and education.

Have a success story you want to share? If so, contact Dorene at (209) 468-8141 or at dojow@sjgov.org .

Tell a Friend!
There are 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 .

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:
Celebrating Grandparents: There is a special bond that can only be shared between grandchildren and their grandparents.  Grandparents are full of hugs and kisses, family history, wisdom, patience, love, and guidance, increasingly playing an important and often unrecognized role in the functioning of the modern family. National Grandparents Day (September 9, 2018) gives grandchildren the opportunity to show love and appreciation to Nonno , Abuelita , Daadi, and all the other wonderful grandparents in their lives.

Mandated Reporter Training : The goal of the Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Project is to have free training available for mandated child abuse reporters so they may carry out their responsibilities properly. New training will be launched this month with updated content.

Literacy Support: Check out what the San Joaquin Public Library has to offer! From movies to Makerspaces to ice cream and cake (yes, cake!),  look for upcoming events , classes and programs at Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. 

 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 The Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Children's Behavior; and, Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health and Learning Disorders. More info : edweb.net .

News in Health Newsletter:   Sign up to receive the National Institutes of Health's newsletter and get email updates twice a month about healthy living and wellness. Check out  August's newsletter August News in Health.

About the Raising Quality!
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.
Unlocking a lifetime of learning . . .