Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
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County Program Profile: San Bernardino
Time Period: 2019–2020
QRIS :: Quality Start San Bernardino (QSSB)
San Bernardino’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) serves programs in San Bernardino County and is administered by First 5. In April 2015, First 5 San Bernardino brought together early learning partners, educators, and champions to enter into a strategic planning process for a local QRIS. To date, 90 sites have received support to improve quality. Quality Start San Bernardino (QSSB) has five levels and follows the state QRIS Rating Matrix. School-based, center-based, and home-based programs are eligible to apply. In 2017–2018 sites are eligible to receive incentives of up to $3,000 to participate in QSSB.
County Contact Information
- CDE QRIS Block Grant
- CDE I/T Block Grant
- First 5 CA IMPACT
- First 5 San Bernardino Prop 10 funds
- California State University San Bernardino
Process to Outreach/Onboard Programs and Providers
Quality Start San Bernardino (QSSB) utilizes a waiting list, and outreach is conducted at public events. Outreach is specific toward annual target goals.
Quality Improvement Program Support Strategies
Our quality improvement support strategies include coaching, training, communities of practice, program materials, and creating Quality Improvement Plans.
Local Approach to Offering Financial Incentives and Stipends
The Quality Start San Bernardino (QSSB) approach to offering financial incentives are tiered incentives and achievement awards.
How Children Are Served by QCC
Children Served by Setting
Overall Child Characteristics and Services Provided
Children’s Races and Ethnicities
QCC Tier Rating Distribution
Language Spoken with Children
Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) Goals
Definitely [QSSB has made a difference] in my program because I got the tools that Head Start and State Preschool have, so I can offer that to my parents so they don’t have to look outside for those supports. Which is, it’s hard when you have a special needs kid and they’re not Head Start, so you know they’re not going to get speech therapy, you know they’re not going to get those tools that are available at State Preschool and Head Start … so that’s the biggest thing.Family Child Care Provider Focus Group Participant
A Family Child Care Provider shared: The coach first visited with this family child care provider in 2017; at this time she had her FCC license less than a year and had attended CIPP classes through CCRC R&R. The QSSB coach explained the rating process, and by June 2017 the provider received a tier rating of 2. The provider was determined to understand the process and work with her coach. In the past two years the provider enrolled to complete her bachelor’s in Child Development, kept up her 21+ hours of professional development, and set up requirements for physicians reports and/or doctor’s exams for children ages 5 and under. The provider became an Early Head Start Provider and works to provide a FCCRS-compliant environment. She also attended ASQ trainings to use the tool successfully and learned how to complete DRDPs. The provider completed her main QIP goal and completed over 12 units in Child Development. In 2019, the site was rated for a second time and increased from a tier rating of 2 in 2017 to a tier rating of 4 in 2019.