Ways to Help

The health and success of our children is impacted by community support. We need your help to make quality early care and education a reality for all of our young children in Santa Barbara County. Everyone plays a vital role.Partner with Quality Counts and join the collaborative efforts to promote access to quality early learning and education opportunities in Santa Barbara County. Contact us to find out more about ways you can help support Quality Counts today.

The following examples demonstrate how we can all come together to make a difference.

Agencies
Refer clients to Quality Counts to help create access to quality child care and preschool services. Create a link on your website to Quality Counts so that the families you work with can learn more about quality in early learning and development.
Businesses
Participate in First 5’s Preschool and Child Care Scholarship Program which allows businesses to help support their employees’ ability to access and afford quality care for their children. Direct employees, especially those who are expecting a baby or have young children to Quality Counts, and add a Quality Counts link on your website so that the families you work with can learn more about quality in early learning and development.
Funders
Use the Quality Counts standards as funding criteria for applicants seeking financial support. Sponsor a community outreach event in collaboration with Quality Counts to educate parents about quality in early learning and development.
Government
Dedicate funding, such as Community Development Block Grants, for facility development that requires, incentives, and/or gives preference to providers with QRIS ratings.
Individuals
Ask your child care and preschool provider to participate in Quality Counts. Let other parents and community members know about the importance and benefits associated with quality care.
Providers
Join Quality Counts and make the commitment to continued quality improvements. Learn more about the science of brain development and the best ways to stimulate learning for children from infancy through the first five years of life. Add a link on your website to Quality Counts so that the families you work with can learn more about quality in early learning and development.