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About Raising Quality!

Mother reading a book to son in libraryRaising Quality! is a quality rating improvement system for early care and education programs in San Joaquin County. Funded by quality initiatives and organized by First 5 San Joaquin, Raising Quality! helps improve child care in our community by:

  • Emphasizing the value of quality in early care and education
  • Empowering parents to make well-informed decisions about the quality of care their children receive
  • Giving child care providers valuable tools for improving their programs
  • Establishing uniform standards of excellence in early care

WHO is Eligible?

The program is voluntary and open to licensed child care programs, public or private, serving children ages 0-5 who are from low-income families, non-English speakers, and/or have special needs. Raising Quality! provides many opportunities for programs to develop, including cash awards for quality improvement activities, training and technical assistance, and scholarships for Early Childhood Education coursework.

HOW do I find out more information?

If you want to learn more about this exciting new program, contact First 5 San Joaquin at (209) 953-5437 or email for more information.

Funding Opportunities for Raising Quality! IMPACT 2020 Family, Friend and Neighbor Initiative

Does your agency excel at engaging the community in programs focused on providing quality care for young children?  Is your agency a trusted messenger that the community relies on for information and service?  Does your agency have the capacity to reach African American, Latinx or South Asian or Southeast Asian populations with culturally and linguistically appropriate services?  If your agency answered YES to the questions above, then First 5 San Joaquin and Raising Quality! invites you to respond to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Raising Quality! IMPACT 2020 Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) Initiative. 

This initiative will focus on enhancing early care services provided by grandparents in underserved populations.  First 5 San Joaquin acknowledges the important roles that grandparents play in a child’s life – caregiver, mentor and teacher.  The Raising Quality! IMPACT 2020 FFN Initiative seeks to pair grandparents caring for children (ages 0 to 5) with a community-based organization to provide guidance, coaching and access to a variety of health and social services in order to enhance their caregiving skills and help ensure that the children in their care have a save and nurturing environment that allows them to thrive and grow.

To veiw the full Request for Qualifications click HERE.  


How do I learn more?

Contact First 5 San Joaquin at (209) 953-5437 or email

The Raising Quality! Seal

Raising Quality! Participant Seal

All Raising Quality! participants are able to display the Raising Quality! seal, which demonstrates their commitment to providing quality services.  Ask your child care provider if he or she is participating in Raising Quality!, or look for the Raising Quality! seal.