Quality From 0 to 5

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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