Quality Improvement

Early educators can make a big difference in the lives of young children.

High quality early care and education experiences help children be ready for kindergarten and beyond. There are resources that support the extraordinary passion, skill, and expertise of early educators to increase program quality across San Francisco. 

All early educators are encouraged to participate in quality improvement opportunities to help ensure that San Francisco’s youngest children have access to high quality early care and education.

Programs funded by OECE are required to participate in quality rating and assessments through San Francisco Quality Connections and commit to continuous quality improvement.

Quality Improvement Resources

San Francisco Quality Connections​

San Francisco Quality Connections gives early educators the tools they need to assess and improve the quality of their services, including a framework, standards, and quality improvement supports. All early learning programs and educators in San Francisco can join this collective effort to continuously improve their practice.

Family Child Care​ Quality Resources

OECE supports family child care providers to improve the quality of their program for children in San Francisco through a variety of funded partners, initiatives, and programs. Learn more about available supports with the resource catalog linked below.

Child Care Health Program

The Child Care Health Program (CCHP) is administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to provide health and safety consultation, screening, training, and disaster preparedness for child care providers and families in targeted San Francisco neighborhoods. The goal is to improve health and safety outcomes for children 0-5 years old in child care settings (preschools, family resource centers, and shelters), their parents, families, and providers.

Help Me Grow SF

Help Me Grow SF provides professional development to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in San Francisco’s early care and education programs. Free training workshops, technical assistance, and coaching provide practical information and strategies for inclusion. 

Topics include:

  • The foundations of inclusion
  • Screening and referral systems
  • Partnering with families
  • Adapting curriculum for children with disabilities