What is the Program? ELC, through a contract with the Broward County Community Partnership Division, implements the Quality Rating Service as part of the Quality Rating System (QRS) to assist in assuring that all Broward County children are receiving quality care.
Who’s Involved in the Program? All participating licensed providers are rated on the following: staff and director qualifications, program quality using the Environmental Rating Scales, family/community involvement, child care licensing compliance history through Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement, ratios/group size and lastly accreditation. A number of stars, up to five, are assigned depending on how well the program meets various standards.
Who Benefits from the Program? The object of the program is not only to recognize the quality of child care programs, but also to identify those who can most benefit from ELC’s quality improvement supports. This system is also mutually beneficial; while the providers can publicize their rating to attract more children, parents can use the rating as tools in choosing quality care for their children. Ultimately, ELC anticipates that the Quality Rating Service will be instrumental in increasing the number of children in Broward County who will enter school prepared to learn.
Quality Counts Curiculum Submission Process
To enter into the Early Learning Coalition of Broward (ELC) curriculum review process you must:
1. Submit a response to the attached Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Guidelines addressing each category and subcategory specifically with information about how the curriculum addresses each. For example, do not say: It is research based, but direct us to the research your company used to develop the product.
2. Submit response to guidelines to: Early Care and Education Program Department, Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc., 6301 NW 5th Way, Suite 3400, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Upon receipt, ELC Program Department staff will take the submission and distribute it to the Curriculum Review Team to review. (The team meets annually to make decisions on whether or not to include submissions on the ELC list of approved curriculum.) Providers will be notified, in writing, of the committee’s decision.