Quality Child Care


First 5 Alameda County supports high quality child care through:

  • Professional development resources for early childhood educators

  • Development of an integrated Quality Rating and Improvement System which includes funding, technical assistance and coaching/consultation to improve the quailty of child care programs and facilities. Read more about the Quality Counts Program.  


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  • Higher education and college-based professional development initiatives


Administration of ECE Coaching Initiatives Manual

Does your organization or agency currently provide professional coaching in Early Care and Education (ECE)? Or, do you plan to provide coaching services in ECE in the near future?  If so, do you know what is needed to create and implement an effective coaching initiative?  First 5 Alameda County has released a new manual designed for use by managers who are responsible for the creation and oversight of effective coaching initiatives for ECE sites. From assessment to orientation, implementation to evaluation, this comprehensive manual provides step-by-step support to help develop and conduct effective ECE coaching initiatives.  Included with the manual are 10 sample documents to help design a coaching initiative for your needs. A free download of the manual is now available from First 5 Alameda County.

Complete Manual:  

Administration of ECE Coaching Initiatives

Manual by Sections:

Manual Cover

Manual Page/Index

Section 1- Introduction

Section 2- Blueprint

Section 3- Key Principles of Effective Coaching

Section 4- Foundations

Section 5- Building Blocks

Section 6- Samples

Section 7- Bibliography

For more information, please contact Sujata Bansal (sujata.bansal@first5alameda.org)

Our Partners

  • Alameda County Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Alameda County Local Child Care Planning Council
  • Interagency Children's Policy Council
  • Institutions of Higher Education: Community Colleges and Universities
  • Early Childhood Mentor Program
  • Bay Area Quality Rating and Improvement System Partnership (BAQRISP)
  • Help Me Grow Alameda County
  • The Low Income Investment Fund
  • First 5 California
  • Alameda County School Districts
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services
  • City Slicker Farms