Early Learning Resources

Early Learning Skills

The quality of a child’s experiences in the first few years of life helps shape how their brain develops. QSLA wants to make sure early educators have the resources they need to support the growth and development of the young learners at their programs.

Dual Language Learner Resources

QSLA DLL Initiative’s Resource page

Dual Language Learner Professional Development (CDE)

The California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division (CDE/ELCD) offers the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Program (DLL-PD). State-funded early learning and care programs have access to this opportunity focused on DLL-PD. (PD providers include SEAL, GLAD, Language Learner Project, CPIN, and CSU Channel Islands)

School Readiness Resources

Use these checklist to identify the skills you can help children develop in order to prepare them for lifelong learning. You’ll also find other valuable resources to help ensure a smooth transition.

Sesame Street Resources for Childcare and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers can work together to enrich everyday moments and make caring for little ones exciting, educational, and safe.  Check out all of the new resources from Sesame Street to support routines, transitions, communication, and quality childcare environments.

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)

Early Math:

Teaching Math to Young Children – These family and caregiver resources and activities, from the Institute for Educational Sciences, organized by math topics such as counting or shapes, include research-based and easy-to-follow steps to help you support your child’s math skills during a typical day.

PBS SoCal’s Family Math –  Early math skills are key to unlocking a brighter future for your child. PBS SoCal’s Family Math program delivers trusted tools and bilingual resources that help families with children ages 2-5 uncover the joy of math in everyday experiences.

Equity and STEM:

Pathways for Equity in STEM Through Family Engagement – Inspired by this research article written by Remy Dou and Heidi Chan from the National Science Teaching Association, this infographic highlights how we can work with families in “Creating Pathways for Equity in STEM Through Family Engagement.”

Resources from the Field

QSLA has gathered activities and early learning practices that you and/or your fellow early educators have shared into ready-to-use resource documents. Click on the images on the page for the full PDF documents, including links and activities to support your work with children and families. Check back soon for more Resources from the Field!

Week of the Young Child Activity Guides

Check out QSLA’s activity guides that provide you and the families you serve with fun, interactive ways to celebrate each day of the Week of the Young Child!

Tips to Improve Your Classroom Environment

Optimizing the environment improves how children interact with the space, furnishings, learning materials, and even their educators.

QSLA is proud of the many resources available on our website and hope they support your program and your family. If you are interested in sharing any of our QSLA created resources with your communities or on your website, social media or other platforms, please give QSLA credit by tagging us on Facebook @QualityStartLosAngeles or Twitter @QualityStartLA or sharing the link to our website for the resource.