Providers, QCFK has a new, and we hope improved, training catalog. Instead of catalogs for each topic, they are now all together in one listing. This catalog contains a listing of ALL trainings being offered to program participating in Quality Counts from now until early fall. Trainings start SOON, so, DOWNLOAD THE CATALOG HERE!
Quality Counts for Kids is Hillsborough County's exciting continuous quality improvement program for all legally operating centers, family child care homes, and out-of-school time programs. The program offers many forms of support, resources and information to participating programs.
Quality Counts for Kids is a voluntary, continuous improvement program that uses licensing standards as a foundation and sets a continuum of five clearly defined levels of increasing quality. This continuous quality improvement program is based on a point system in which a program receives points for every quality benchmark it achieves. The overall mission of the Quality Counts for Kids Program is to improve the quality of Hillsborough County's early care and education and school-age programs. The Quality Counts for Kids rating system will:
Center based programs are awarded 'star level' designations based on the number of points a program receives for meeting quality specific standards. Center standards address:
Family Child Care Homes are awarded 'star level' designations based on the number of points a family child care home receives for meeting quality specific standards. Family Child Care Homes standards address:
8413 Laurel Fair Circle, Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33610
Main Phone (813) 280-0800
For individual phone and email info go to the
ELCHC Staff page
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