Quality Start OC

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Quality Start OC is Orange County's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS): A systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the importance of quality in early learning programs. Quality Start OC is operated by the Orange County Department of Education, Early Learning Services, and is funded through grants from the California Department of Education, First 5 CA, and First 5 OC. Find out more at www.qualitystartoc.com​​

Who Participates in Quality Start OC?

Over 500 early learning programs in Orange County participate in Quality Start OC, including school district, non-profit, faith-based, and private centers, family child care homes, and community partners that serve young children. Participants receive free coaching, training, and incentives to support continuous quality improvement. Interested in joining? Email us at qualitystartoc@ocde.us

Quality Start OC provides no-cost professional learning opportunities that are open to all Orange County early educators. See below for flyers and details.


 

   Program Contacts

Jannell Violi​, Coordinator  (714) 327-8195

Krista Murphy, Coordinator  (714) 327-1085

Catherine Da​rker, Program Specialist  (714) 327-1040

Jami Eyre, Program Specialist  (714) 708-5883

Victoria Johnson, Program Specialist  (714) 966-4348

Melissa Wheelahan, Program Specialist  (714) 327-8185

Roderic West, Program Data Technician  (714) 966-4419


 Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Play Experience

 

March 23, 2020

Open-ended play is an essential part of promoting the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. This workshop is designed to help participants experience the power of play firsthand, and to learn strategies for integrating play-based learning, and open-ended materials within the classroom.

SEFEL Pyramid Model Saturday Series for Family Child Care Educators

 

​April 18, May 9 and June 13, 2020

SEFEL Pyramid Model provides a systematic framework that focuses on promoting social and emotional competence, preventing challenging behaviors and teaching young children the appropriate skills to manage their emotions in social situations.

  

Ongoing Professional Learning Series


 

Dynamic Coaching

Dynamic Coaching 

Dynamic Coaching: A practiced based approach to reflective conversations. This training is for Quality Start OC coaches, to build and refine coaching skills that support high quality instructional practice across early learning and care settings.

Quality Start OC CLASS Pathway

Intro to Pre-K CLASS

Quality Start OC CLASS Pathway: Intro to PreK CLASS 

Build familiarity with the CLASS tool by exploring how teacher-child interactions impact children’s learning. Learn how to differentiate CLASS Domains and Dimensions, and how they apply to your instructional practice..

CLASS Leadership Community of Practice for Administrators

CLASS Leadership Community of Practice for Administrators  

Come enhance your CLASS knowledge as a leader. Learn skills and strategies to support  your staff through use of the CLASS tool. ​

SEFEL Pyramid Model Leadership Community of Practice

SEFEL Pyramid Model Leadership Community of Practice​

​A Community of Practice is a group of people who learn together over time as they work in areas of shared passion or concern. The goal of a Community of Practice is to identify and address shared challenges. By doing so, the community seeks not only to help individual members advance their own work, but also contribute to the larger field. 
Our SEFEL Leadership Community of Practice will be a time for us to collaborate as colleagues regarding the implementation of the SEFEL Pyramid Model strategies in our programs.

Family Engagement Community of Practice

Family Engagment Community of Practice 

Family Engagement is a collaborative and strength-based process through which early childhood professionals, families, and children build positive and goal-oriented relationships. Come share your expertise and practice with other early childhood professionals in a community of practice. ​

​Director Toolbox Series:

Leadership in Action Series

Director Toolbox: Leadership in Action Series 

Come learn effective leadership strategies to support your role as a Director or Site Supervisor. Over the course of this series, we will dive into leadership topics such as leadership style, values, vision, and organizational culture. ​Based on the McCormick Director's Toolbox Series.

Quality Start OC CLASS Pathway

Supporting Instruction Through Hands-on Learning

Quality Start OC CLASS Pathway: Supporting Instruction Through Hands-on Learning 

This will be an interactive training where you will learn how to use strategies from the CLASS Instructional Support Domain by integrating them into your own lesson.

Family Child Care Home Community of Practice

Family Child Care Home Community of Practice 

Please join our group of family childcare professionals who share a concern and passion for providing the highest quality of care to children and the families they serve. Participants will have an opportunity to network, share information, and discuss practices to strengthen their professional development and build their business.​

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy 

Come learn effective leadership strategies to support your role as a Director or Site Supervisor.​ Topics include:

Build Your Tribe

40 Developmental Assessets Framework

Build Your Bounce​

Embedded Coach Cohort

Embedded Coach Cohort 

Does your agency have coaches supporting early childhood educators? Would you like your coaches to participate in free professional learning, collaboration, and communication?

Quality Start OC is forming an Embedded Coach Cohort. Participants will be eligible to attend Practice-Based Coaching training, attend coach meetings, and meet as a CoP alongside Quality Start OC Coaches.​

2020 Early Learning Child Protection Education Series

 

 The Joyful Child Foundation

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Past Professional Learning Opportunities


 

Intro to Infant CLASS

Intro to Infant CLASS 

Diving Deeper into FCCERS

Diving Deeper into FCCERS 

Intro to Toddler CLASS

Intro to Toddler CLASS 

Diving Deeper into ECERS

Diving Deeper into ECERS 

​Assessment Logistics Meeting

 

ASQ & ASQ-SE

ASQ and ASQ-SE 

​Diving Deeper into ITERS

Diving Deeper into ITERS 

Family Child Care Round Table

Family Child Care Round Table 

Play Experience

Play Experience 

Stop Potty Training

Stop Potty Training  

​Intro to ECERS

Intro to ECERS 

Intro to FCCERS

Intro to FCCERS 

More Than a Nurturing Training

More than a Nurturing Heart 

Professional Growth Advisor Network Training

Professional Growth Advisor Network Training 

​Intro to ITERS

Intro to ITERS 

iPinwheel & Workforce Registry Training for Centers

iPinwheel and Workforce Registry Training for Centers 

iPinwheel & Workforce Registry Training for Family Child Care Homes

iPinwheel & Workforce Registry Training for Family Child Care Homes  

Quality Start OC Director Kick Off 

​Quality Start OC Director Kick Off  

​Quality Start OC Family Child Care Home Kick Off

Quality Start OC Family Child Care Home Kick Off  

​SEFEL Pyramid Model Fall Saturday Series

 

The Growing Brain: Everyday Play

 

Preparing for Your CLASS Visit

Understanding and Supporting 3-year-olds in the Classroom: A Different Approach

 

SEFEL Pyramid Model Spring Saturday Series

SEFEL Pyramid Model Spring Saturday Series 

Play Experience (Spanish)

 

Play Experience

 

Trauma Responsive Practices to Support Young Children

​​Understanding and Supporting 3-year-olds in the
Classroom: Creating Environments for Investigation and Experimentation

Understanding and Supporting 3-year-olds in the