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Quality Early Learning Initiative

About the InitiativeBlocks

The Quality Early Learning Initiative (QELI) provides high-quality educational services to children from two months to five years of age from targeted areas in Pinellas County. The centers operate with a holistic approach that incorporates an evidence-based curriculum and the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education. Students are referred to the program by the following Juvenile Welfare Board home visitation programs: Healthy Families, Suncoast Center, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Kinship. Upon completion of the program, the students exhibit school readiness skills when entering kindergarten. All QELI sites are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Each site employs a Family Engagement Specialist (FES) to work with the parents on an array of collaborative family involvement projects. In order for children to academically flourish, home and school need to work together. Parents are provided with education and services to ensure that they will be ready to support their child's school success. The FES will work with families to meet goals relating to housing and financial stability, adult education and parenting skills.

Each Center for Early Learning in the QELI contains eight quality components that are proven to start children on their lifelong journey of learning and growing.

1) Facilities licensed by the Pinellas County Licensing Board

   

2) National Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

3) Staff with professional qualifications, including Bachelor's Degrees for teaching staff and CDA's for classroom aides.

4) Ratios and Group Sizes that do not exceed:

     Infants                          6 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     Toddlers                       8 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     2 year-olds                 10 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     3 year-olds                 16 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     4 year-olds (VPK)      18 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom

5) Family Engagement that involves the adult members and siblings of each child in the life of the center and provides them with needed information and skills to reach family goals of stability, education and interaction.

6) Evidence-Based Curriculum, The Creative Curriculum, that has been proven successful in preparing children for kindergarten.

7) Quality Environments based on the ITERS and ECERS rating scales that provide a rich learning environment with a variety of activities and learning centers that engage the children's imagination.

8) Cultural Competence that is exhibited on a daily basis by staff and communicated to families and students so that all members of the Center family are valued and celebrated as unique persons.
 
To find out if your child qualifies to attend one of our Quality Early Learning Initiative centers, please email contact@umcmsuncoast.org or call 727.442.6881.   

The Quality Early Learning Initiative is funded in large part by                                                  

Juvenile Welfare Board

 

 

Learn more about the fantastic work done by the Juvenile Welfare Board at www.jwbpinellas.org