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Quality Counts California

Quality Counts California is a statewide, locally implemented quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that funds and provides guidance to local and regional agencies, and other quality partners, to enhance their support of early learning and care providers. Quality Counts California helps these agencies improve the quality of early learning and care programs, and informs parents and families on what quality looks like and why it is important for young children.

Quality Counts California is a collaboration between First 5 California and the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division, and is implemented at the county or regional level through a locally operated QRIS. Using a common set of early learning and care program standards, and general guidance developed collaboratively through a state and local partnership, each QRIS engages and supports voluntary participation of programs in its own geographic area.

For more information, or to access resources that were previously available on this website, please go to the Quality Counts California website at

Quality Counts California Local Consortia and Partnership Grants Request for Applications

The California Department of Education (CDE) and First 5 California (F5CA) invite local qualifying agencies to apply for the Quality Counts California (QCC) Local Consortia and Partnership Grants Request for Proposal (RFA). This unified RFA comes at a particularly exciting time for early learning and care in California, with historic new leadership, investment, and a comprehensive vision for an early childhood system from the Governor’s office.

The three-year investment from F5CA and CDE for this unified RFA is nearly $277 million to be distributed across local consortia representing all 58 counties. For F5CA, this amount includes the $103 million approved by the F5CA State Commission during their July 2019 Commission meeting. For CDE funding, the annual amounts are dependent on the annual budget act as well as amounts of federal Child Care and Development Block Grant and will be updated each July following the budget execution. In addition, this RFA incorporates new federal funds from the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Renewal (PDG-R) from the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency designed to support local QCC implementation under a single QCC plan.

Please view the links below to get information on the RFA, its funding requirements, and key dates for the submission of a single application on behalf of your local consortia.

QCC Local Consortia and Partnership Grants RFA Documents

First 5 IMPACT

First 5 IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive) is an innovative approach that forges partnerships between First 5 California and counties to achieve the goal of helping children ages 0 to 5 and their families thrive by increasing the number of high-quality early learning settings, including supporting and engaging families in the early learning process. Supporting more settings to achieve high-quality standards helps ensure more of California's children enter school with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be successful. This provides families the information and support they need to promote and optimize their children's development and learning, both inside and outside the home.

In April 2015, the First 5 California Commission approved $190 million in funding to support First 5 IMPACT. Currently, 48 Lead Agencies (which include all 58 counties) are participating in First 5 IMPACT. For additional information, please see the links below regarding Lead Agency contacts, funding amounts, application forms and program resources.

If you have questions, please e-mail the First 5 IMPACT Team at or by calling 916-263-1050.

First 5 IMPACT Documents

Regional Coordination and Training and Technical Assistance Hubs

As part of the $190 million approved through First 5 IMPACT, First 5 California has developed the Regional Coordination and Training and Technical Assistance Hubs (Hubs) RFA to support consortia participating in QRIS throughout California. The primary focus of the Hubs is to provide coordination and specialized support to consortia within a region or with similar technical assistance needs to create economies of scale while building a local early learning system. As a regional body, the Hubs are required to:

  • Help consortia identify local and regional strengths and assets, and determinelocal and regional gaps and needs
  • Coordinate regional activities to implement QRIS elements and systems functions
  • Reduce regional duplication of efforts
  • Build local and regional expertise, and incorporate state and federal evidence based practices models
  • Maintain a strong connection to Quality Counts California

Currently, there are 10 Lead Agencies that make up the Regional Hubs throughout California. For additional information, please see the link below regarding Lead Agency contacts, funding amounts, application forms and program resources.

Regional Coordination and T&TA Hubs Documents

Additional QRIS Resources

PD2GO (Professional Development 2 Go)
Professional Development To Go

PD2GO (Professional Development 2 Go) is a collection of professional development designed in individual, easy-to-use 15-minute "packs" focusing on continuous quality improvement in early learning programs. PD2GO packs are organized in three comprehensive learning strands: Systems Thinking, Intentional Interactions in Teaching, and Effective Assessment. They create a foundation for weaving in additional quality improvement topics such as family engagement, dual language learning, and coaching in early learning.

For more information, visit the PD2GO page.