Quality from 0 - 5

Early Learning Center

Quality From 0 to 5

Little girl in a classroom building a structure with wooden blocks

Little girl in a classroom building a structure with wooden blocks

Defining quality childcare has been a challenge in Florida. There is no mandatory, state-enforced quality measurement program. For many, “quality” in childcare — especially in the crucial development time of ages 0 to 3 — is something that varies.

State funding is not tied directly to a quality rating, but there are voluntary programs.

The Escambia County Early Learning Coalition hopes its quality rating system — Stars Over Escambia – will become a tool that parents can rely upon to choose a childcare center and one that providers will aspire to earn the highest ratings from.

As we learned, there are challenges in determining “quality,” but recognizing and rewarding it — and making sure it is accessible — is something local officials are focusing on.

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Early Learning Initiatives

An Early Learning City is community that give parents the tools, advice and support they need to help their children be ready for kindergarten. From healthcare to business, everyone has a part to play.