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Continuous quality improvement in early learning and expanded learning opportunities across the State of Washington

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Continuous quality improvement in early learning and expanded learning opportunities across the State of Washington

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A World Class, Multi-Lingual Team

Cultivate Learning’s Quality Recognition Team focuses on continuing improvement in learning environments and growing opportunities for children at any stage of their learning. The Quality Recognition Team’s focus is on the implementation of a culturally relevant, antiracist quality recognition process. Quality recognition is integrated with our research, allowing us to work with providers, families, and policy makers to identify best practices and help learning programs exceed state and national standards.  

Our Quality Recognition Team supports the QRIS in Washington State and across the country through Early Achievers, whose purpose is to improve the quality of early care and learning in Washington State. The Quality Recognition Team collaborates with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to gather stakeholder input on the process prior to implementation. The Quality Recognition Team also participates in the ongoing continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes for Early Achievers as defined by DCYF. 

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Quality Recognition Components

Every provider is unique. During quality recognition, child care providers work with a community liaison and quality recognition specialists to be recognized for their interactions with children, child outcomes, curriculum and staff supports, family engagement and partnership, and the availability and quality of professional development and training. Quality recognition specialists identify quality practices using Program Profile, Video Highlights, and Records Review. The quality recognition components provide valuable data for providers and coaches to ensure that:  

  • Early learning professionals have access to the resources and support they need. 
  • Children have access to high-quality early learning experiences that help them develop skills to be successful in school and beyond. 
  • Families can find high-quality child care. 

Community liaisons work closely with child care providers for more personalized support and relationship building, and to prepare both quality recognition specialists and providers for quality recognition. 

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