The Child Care Quality Initiative (CCQI) project is a long standing, engaging project built on years of experience and feedback.  Child care providers are supported in making changes in their programs that result in improved practices and increased support for children and families. 

CCQI includes a combination of supports strategically organized over a year-long project model with the needs of children at the center. 

CCQI is regionally based and available to programs located in targeted locations of each of the four Child Care Aware® of Kansas service delivery areas – services are offered through our Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) partners.  The targeted locations change from year to year. 

Customized Interactive Supports

Each Early Care & Education Specialist supports child care providers as they engage families in developing mutually supportive relationships and linkages to resources.  Child care providers are supported as they:

  1. Offer Parent Cafes (a planned family engagement event with an activity and information sharing).   
  2. Use of the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 tools to learn more about each child’s developmental needs.
  3. Explore new information by attending a variety of professional development events.
  4. Set goals and actively participate in strengths-based interactions with an Early Care & Education Specialist.

Research-based Measurements

To customize goals that build on strengths in child care programs and address areas of growth, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool is used.  The CLASS tool specifically looks at the emotional, organizational, and instructional supports provided by teachers/child care providers that contribute to children’s social, developmental, and academic achievement. The tool also measures the effectiveness of interactions among teachers/child care providers and children in child care.