Quality Improvement Programs
We're an experienced team of professionals, here to help you.
Services to providers are coordinated through a team of staff with experience in various early childhood settings including family child care, center-based care, preschool and Head Start programs.
Our Early Care & Education Specialists and Quality Improvement Coach provide professional development, coaching and technical assistance to early educators serving children birth to age 12.
Our Early Literacy Specialist provides professional development
and resources to help providers
support children's early literacy skills.
Our Inclusion & Transition Specialist provides coaching, technical assistance and professional development to help providers in easing children and families through developmental transitions and adapting the environment and materials for children with diverse needs and abilities.
Our KQRIS Coach provides coaching and technical assistance to early educators enrolled in the Kansas Quality Rating Improvement System program.
One-time and longer-term help.
We can help with specific issues – like room arrangement, schedules and routines, getting started in the business, and general business practices. Call or email if you have a specific question or if you would like a coaching visit. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to:
Safe Sleep – how to create a safe sleep environment and reduce the risk of SIDS.
Germs, Germs, Germs – a fun handwashing activity for the children and tips on reducing the spread of flu.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – ways to foster a respectful business relationship with the families you serve.
New Provider – family child care providers can access assistance in everything from room set-up to writing contracts and policies.
Teddy Bear Clinics - children get their Teddies' immunizations up-to-date and parents receive immunization information.
Conquering Clutter - get help organizing your space, time and paperwork.
Block Talk - Learn strategies for making block play work in mixed-age settings and support cognitive, language, motor and social development.
We also offer a variety of longer-term options that programs can enroll in. Below is a listing of these programs. Click to read their descriptions and who to contact for an application.
KQRIS (Kansas Quality Rating Improvement System) - An ongoing program bringing on-site coaching and support for continuous quality improvement. Available in Douglas county.
Early Childhood Wellness Project - A program focusing on promoting healthy habits for children and families within child care programs. Available throughout our service delivery area.
Strengthening Families - A year-long program of coaching to help providers support families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect of infants and toddlers. Available throughout our service delivery area.
Literacy Connections - A new program available to child care programs to assist them in better preparing children for school. Available to programs with children, ages infant to 5 years old, who will attend a Topeka USD 501 school.
Quality Steps - A year-long program designed to assist new and experienced providers in increasing infant/toddler enrollment and improving the quality of infant and toddler learning environments. Available throughout our service delivery area.
Credentials & Accreditation
Research clearly shows that education and specialized training in early childhood practice positively impacts the quality of an early learning program.
The National Child Development Associate (CDA) program credentials qualified teachers who work with children birth to age five. Teachers who earn a CDA complete:
Hands-on experience with a specific age group.
Formal child development training and education.
Observations by a qualified advisor.
A professional resource file.
Gathering of parent questionnaires.
An oral interview and written test.
For more information about the CDA and how we can help, click here.
Accreditation is a stamp of quality that means a program meets nationally recognized guidelines for high quality early care and education. Child care centers may be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Family child care providers may be accredited through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). School-age programs may be accredited through the National School Age Care Alliance (NSACA).
For more information about the accreditation process, click on these links: