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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality Start OC provides no-cost professional learning opportunities that are open to all Orange County early educators. See below for flyers and details.
Jannell Violi, Coordinator (714) 327-8195
Krista Murphy, Coordinator (714) 327-1085
Catherine Darker, 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
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: 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Past Professional Learning Opportunities