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County Program Profile: Imperial
Time Period: 2019–2020
QRIS :: Quality Start Imperial
First 5 Imperial administers First 5 IMPACT Strategic Partnership which serves programs in Imperial County. Since the latter part of 2019–2020, more than 60 sites are at various levels of rating and are currently receiving support to improve quality. COVID-19 had a tremendous negative impact on the assessments and ratings on the sites, causing a postponement until we could reenter the sites. First 5 IMPACT Strategic Partnership measures several elements of the program quality that include:
- Child Development and School Readiness
- Teachers and Teaching
- Program and Environment
All of our sites are eligible for this support, and a solid relationship with our partners and sites makes it easier to provide targeted services.
County Contact Information
Gustavo R Galindo
- First 5 Commission
- IMPACT 2020
- Imperial County Office of Education
- Imperial Valley College
- Riverside County Office of Education – Migrant Head Start
- Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASA
- Claudia Valladares – Family Child Care
Process to Outreach/Onboard Programs and Providers
10 plus new providers for 2020–2021. Target outlining towns with small populations, low-performing schools, and poor neighborhoods.
Quality Improvement Program Support Strategies
Assessments and ratings, Support coaching by contracting with ICOE or others. ASQ trainings. CLASS and ERS trainings, age-appropriate materials and furniture, Trainings that improve quality of care and lead to HIGH-Quality sites
Local Approach to Offering Financial Incentives and Stipends
We provide three types of incentives:
- Materials for the family child care homes and center-based care,
- a tuition stipend of $500.00 for nine units earned at an accredited university, and
- a stipend of $30.00 for each training attended up to 10 trainings, for a total of $300.00, and, during COVID-19, stipends of $500.00 to FCCs and Quality Start Imperial FCCs.
How Children Are Served by QCC
Children Served by Setting
Children’s Races and Ethnicities
QCC Tier Rating Distribution
Language Spoken with Children
Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) Goals
As a member of Quality Start Imperial, I’m very grateful to have received support in the form of age-appropriate instructional materials and stipends. The cleaning and sanitizing supplies helped us to remain safe during the COVID-19.FCC Calexico
My name is Maria J Angeles, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in 2014, in December I am finishing my Master’s degree with a specialization in T.K. and my goal is to continue preparing myself professionally I am proud of myself for all that I have achieved myself and for the Children’s benefit. I have 30+ years’ experience in education and 20 years with my own Child Care business, my Day Care Mission is to prepare Children to begin kindergarten knowing their ABC’s basic arithmetic writing their own name reading elemental words, basically having a great advantage over other children that are starting school for the very first time, it is not an easy task because thru songs play and artistic activities I have managed to teach children with ease I participated in the Impact first 5 program for 10 years, and I have found the support to do precisely what I need to do, in this program the main goal is that a child care provider must commit to quality and professionalism to the children receiving the service, the proper education to guide them in to a path that strengthen their cognitive, socio-emotional, language and fine and gross motor skills, so that the children can have the self-confidence of exploring the environment that surrounds them, Each year the program offers two types of incentives PACES AND PACES PLUS, from which I have benefited and I have used them for materials and books that I use in my classes. the learning activities and materials with which they acquire new knowledge according to the needs and ages of the children. I solicited to the First 5 program for a work table for infants and furniture to place the school material and it was awarded to me at the beginning of 2020, plus I was provided manipulative material for infants. During the beginning of the Pandemic, the delegation office of this program in Imperial Valley complied and follow the Licensing protocols of the Health Department. Providing a first round of cleaning materials (Chlorine, Sanitizer, gloves, wipes, adult and child masks, Diapers, Clorox wipes, disinfectant, soap, sponges, etc.) to the Daycare facilities under their jurisdiction in addition to an incentive of $500.00 for other types of materials that protected our business in this pandemic period. Later we received a second round of cleaning supplies and the incentive of $500.0 for providers under the Impact First 5 program. On behalf of the Parents who belong to my Family Child Care and on my behalf, we thank you for all your support and dedication that allowed our businesses to remain open during the time of the Pandemic because we are essential care and we give a service to our community. And I encourage you to continue with incentives that help our professional development to continue to provide quality care.
Maria J Angeles