At a Glance
The Early Childhood Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP) was funded by First 5 San Mateo County from 2009-2015. Information on the next iteration of this project (the Early Learning Quality and Inclusion Partnership) will be coming soon!
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) served as the lead agency implementing the San Mateo Early Childhood Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP). Funded by First 5 San Mateo, EQuIP was a comprehensive, countywide quality improvement initiative. Using lessons learned from the Preschool for All demonstration project, and SMCOE's skills and capacity in facilitating program change for early childhood education (ECE) programs, EQuIP offered a menu of evidence-based training and technical assistance strategies designed to benefit to all types of programs (family child care, infant-toddler, preschool, and exempt care). The program model addressed First 5 San Mateo’s (F5SMC) 2009-2015 Strategic Plan, responded to documented community needs, and used evaluation findings to strengthen proposed activities.
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) served as the lead agency responsible for administering the multi-partner project, Preschool for All San Mateo County (PFA). After an extremely successful five years, the Preschool for All demonstration project ended on June 30, 2009 and transitioned into EQuIP. Some of the components of PFA that had been proven to successfully enhance quality continued, but the initiative also expanded to provide a much broader array of quality interventions. Importantly, the new initiative expanded to serve early childhood education (ECE) programs countywide, including infant-toddler and family child care programs.
- Promote the educational and career progress of ECE professionals towards completion of ECE certificates, child development permits and degrees.
- Teachers and providers will have the knowledge and skills to provide high quality early care and education services to children ages 0-5.
- New and existing ECE directors and administrators will have the knowledge and skills they need to effectively lead and manage high quality early care and education programs for children ages 0-5.
- Advance F5SMC's communications and systems change efforts to promote optimal early childhood development for children 0-5 in San Mateo County; collaborate with SMCOE California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and other SMCOE departments to ensure more integration of and cross-program service delivery.
- Demonstrate the effectiveness of project strategies through participation in an independently administered process and outcome evaluation.
- Ensure the general public is aware of the benefit of Proposition 10 tax dollars.
- Support the successful implementation of Bridges to Success "Ready Schools" in a partnership between SMCOE and SVCF.