High quality early care and education helps children to develop the skills they need for kindergarten and later school success. Considerable research over the last several decades has demonstrated long term gains for children that participate in high quality early care and education, especially children from disadvantaged households.

First 5 El Dorado and its partners are working to ensure that the quality of early care and education is in place through its investments in High 5 for Quality and participation with the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

High 5 for Quality (H5Q) effectively engaged participants to increase the quality of early care and education programs across El Dorado County.

In FY 18-19, the H5Q program served a total of 83 licensed early child care and education programs, representing 63% of the county’s licensed early care and education sites (which total 132). This includes small and large family child care homes, child care centers, and programs that are both privately and publicly funded (a total of 72). The program also served 11 alternative sites that were legally licensed exempt providers and cohorts of two or more family, friends, or neighbors providing care.

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