First 5 Quality Counts


Welcome to Quality Counts! If you are reading this, you recognize the critical importance of high quality care and education for young children. You know that Quality Counts for kids!

Quality Counts exists to support you. We offer a variety of ways to enhance quality from funding for program improvements, to awards for reaching quality benchmarks, to professional development opportunities for staff, to coaching, to networking opportunities, to marketing materials and more! Quality Counts uses a star rating system that formally recognizes quality programs.

Who is eligible for Quality Counts?

Quality Counts is not currently accepting applications for new sites, however, we are excited to announce that all licensed and publicly funded license exempt providers are eligible to participate in Quality Counts. This includes:

  • California Department of Education Contractors (CSPP and CCTR)
  • Early Head Start and Head Start
  • Licensed Family Child Care Providers and Private Centers
  • Legally License Exempt Public Child Care Centers

Priority will be given to sites in underserved neighborhoods that enroll:

  • Children from low income families
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Children with special needs
  • Children who are English Language Learners   

Quality Counts offers different kinds of support based on your type of program. Click on the link below that applies to your site and learn more about quality support services, incentives and current policies.

Your program Contracts with the California Department of Education (California State Preschool Program (CSPP) and CCTR contractors)
If you have CSPP and/or CCTR contracts with the California Department of Education that support enrollment for any of the children in your program you are considered a CSPP or a CCTR Program.

Your program does not contract with the California Department of Education
If you are a family child care provider, an Early Head Start or Head Start program or are any other type of center based program, including license exempt, with no California Department of Education contracts, this means you!


Interested in Quality Counts?

While we are not currently recruiting new sites to Quality Counts, please fill out our Quality Counts Interest List so that we can reach out if recruitment opens. At that time, all sites must formally apply to participate in Quality Counts. Filling out the Interest List does not guarantee acceptance.


What's New

Welcome to the Workforce Registry

The Workforce Registry is a statewide website that maintains demographic and verified educational information for members of the early care and education workforce. This data system keeps track of your employment history, degrees, professional development hours, child development permits, credentials, and accomplishments. Your participation in the Registry is required for Quality Counts as of July 1st, 2020.
The Registry is your online ECE portfolio! Alameda County (namely Anna Miera) will assist you with this transition. Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions, concerns, or comments and to schedule a time to start the process. Anna's contact information is listed below.
Contact Information:
Anna Miera | Data & Policy Analyst
First 5 Alameda County | 510-277-9995
Site Directors: You must sign-up for administrative access and complete your profile.
ALL ECE staff in Quality Counts: You must complete and maintain your Workforce Registry profile.
*Please see resources for steps on how to sign up for administrative access and complete your profile.

  • No need to send documents to multiple people/places.
  • Your Registry account stays with you if you move jobs.
  • There is a training events calendar to search for trainings offered across the state.
  • This is a safe and secure place to keep track of your ECE documents.
  • It is an opportunity to advocate for the ECE community and professionalize the workforce!



Rating Matrix Update

The State solicited feedback from stakeholders to make changes to the Quality Counts California (QCC) Rating Matrix during the summer of 2018. The Stated adopted the “Continuum Model” Matrix on August 23, 2018 with an anticipated implementation date of July 2020. Implementation of a new QCC Rating Matrix has been put on hold by the State until further notice.