Improving and Sustaining Quality Child Care

Wake County SmartStart

Address

Wake County SmartStart
Improving & Sustaining Quality Child Care
4901 Waters Edge Drive
Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27606

Phone

(919) 851-9550

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Improving and Sustaining Quality Child Care is an activity in the Early Childhood Initiatives Department within Wake County SmartStart. Quality Enhancement Specialists (QES) work with 1, 2, 3 and 4-star child care facilities to improve both the quality and level of care for children. Facilities must apply to participate. Participating facilities receive a variety of services including consultation, training, and technical assistance at no cost. The facility is assigned a QES who will work with the staff to design an improvement plan based on ratings from the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R) or the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R). Priority for participation is given to facilities having the greatest percentage of children enrolled that receive a subsidy.

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If you have any questions or wish to apply to the program, please contact Sharon Clauss or call (919) 851-9550.

Click here for the 2017-18 Improving and Sustaining Quality Child Care Application.

MANAGING AGENCY

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Improving and Sustaining Quality Child Care is funded and managed by Wake County SmartStart.

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