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!