When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development because thriving children become the foundation of a prosperous and innovative society. Quality Counts funds quality improvement efforts to help children learn, thrive, and succeed. Through our participation in the federally funded Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, Quality Counts has become a unifying community effort among agencies and child care and preschools to improve the quality of early learning across Santa Barbara County. Our success is contingent on community support. Quality Counts is a partnership-based, community effort to increases access to the high quality early childhood services for every family and child, with the ultimate goal of a brighter, healthier future for the entire county.