Resources for Early Educators/Recursos para educadores de la primera infancia

Early Educator Resources to Share /

Recursos para compartir con los educadores de la primera infancia

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NEW! Vaccination Information for Los Angeles County Education and Childcare: Early education providers, including all staff that work at early education centers (i.e. educators and administrators, office, janitorial, kitchen staff, etc.), Family Child Care owners and staff,  and license exempt providers are now eligible for the COVID 19 Vaccine.  Click here for details on who is eligible to get vaccinated and what documentation is required.  

Coronavirus Resources for Early Educators: View the list of resources available for early educators to support on-going learning during Coronavirus closures.


Child Care Heroes website:  This website has information on the LA County COVID-19 guidance for safe operations during COVID-19. It also shows best practices for using the guidance and photos from early education programs like yours.

Héroes del Cuidado Infantil (Child Care Heroes):  Este sitio web tiene información sobre la guía y orientación del condado de Los Ángeles para el funcionamiento seguro durante COVID-19. También muestra las mejores prácticas para utilizar la guía y fotografías de programas de educación infantil como el suyo.


Introduction to Ratings: A brief introduction to the QRIS Matrix, CLASS, and ERS to help you understand QSLA assessments

Professional Development Overview: Introduces the trainings available for providers

QSLA Fact Sheet: Provides simple information about QSLA

QSLA’s Diversity and Equity Statement

Declaración de Diversidad y Equidad 

Gender Identity

Classroom Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dual Language Learners

Virtual Storytime from your Local Libraries / Tiempo de cuentos virtual para programas de aprendizaje temprano: QSLA and our LA Public Library (LAPL) and Pasadena Public Library partners are excited to announce our new collaboration: Virtual Storytime, hosted just for YOU by your local LA Public and Pasadena Public Library systems! Click the link for more info and to set up your Virtual Storytime today!

QSLA’s Monthly Family Engagement Tip: Learn NEW strategies each month to build a culture of family engagement at your early learning program, and view previous months’ tips.

Consejo de compromiso familiar de QSLA en español: Aprenda estrategias para mejorar la participación familiar en su programa y vea los consejos de los meses anteriores.

QSLA’s Dine & Discuss Webinars: At these 1 hour webinars, providers discuss and share ideas around our monthly Family Engagement Tip articles. 

Cena y discusión seminarios web de QSLA: En estos seminarios web de 1 hora, proveedores discuten y comparten ideas sobre nuestros consejos mensuales de compromiso familiar.

Quality Counts California: Family Engagement Toolkit: Whether you’re a child care provider, trainer, coach, home visitor, or educator in another setting, you can benefit from Quality Counts California’s (QCC) Family Engagement Toolkit. The toolkit consists of five modules to continue your professional development on family engagement.  All professional development learning modules, practice simulations, and resources to extend your learning are available in Englishand Spanish.

Caja de herramientas de compromiso familiar (Quality Counts California): Independientemente de si usted es proveedor de cuidado infantil, instructor, capacitador, visitante domiciliario o educador en otro tipo de entorno, puede beneficiarse de la Caja de herramientas de la participación familiar de Quality Counts California (QCC).  La Caja de herramientas consiste de cinco módulos para continuar su desarrollo profesional sobre la participación familiar. Todos los módulos de aprendizaje sobre desarrollo profesional, simulaciones de prácticas y recursos para ampliar su aprendizaje están disponibles en inglésy en español.

Talk. Read. Sing (First 5 CA):  First 5 CA has a variety of resources focused on early language, reading, brain, and motor development.  Resources include activities, downloads, videos and more!

Strengthening Families Protective Factors On-line Trainings (Children’s Trust Fund Alliance): When families have the resources and supports they need, it increases the likelihood that children will grow up to be successful in school and in life.  The Strengthening Families Protective Factors trainings help those working with families to learn about the proactive ways they can support children and families.  

QSLA Talking Points for Families: Provides common messaging for providers to use while communicating with families about QSLA

Family Information Brochure: Share this resource with families in your program to orient families to QSLA and get them engaged in the great work you are doing!

Quality Start LA Resources for Families: A collection of activity guides, booklists, tools and other  useful information for families of young children.

Concrete Supports Infographic (English): A 2-page resource infographic with information about: Support Hubs, Food Support, Housing Assistance, Employment & Legal Assistance, Transporation, Mental & Physical Health, Domestic Abuse, and Regional Supports (Long Beach and Antelope Valley).

Infografía de apoyos concretos (español): Una infografía de recursos de 2 páginas con información sobre: centros de apoyo, apoyo alimentario, asistencia para vivienda, empleo y asistencia legal, transporte, salud mental y física, abuso doméstico, y apoyos regionales (Long Beach y Antelope Valley).

Competencies and Foundations:

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies: The California Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies describe the knowledge, skills and dispositions that early childhood educators need in order to provide high quality care and education to young children and their families. Don’t forget to check out the ECE Competencies video series as well!

California Preschool Learning Foundations: The California Preschool Learning Foundations outline key knowledge and skills that most children can achieve when provided with the kinds of interactions, instruction, and environments that research has shown to promote early learning and development. 

California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations :The purpose of the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations is to describe research and evidence-based expectations for the way most infants and toddlers make progress in the major domains of social-emotional, language, cognitive, and perceptual and motor development. 

Dual Language Learner Resources:

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)

Resources from the Field: 

Resources from the Field / Recursos del campo: 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! 

Other Resources:

Child Abuse Prevention Resource Guide: The 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide recognizes that there are actions we can take as a society and within communities, organizations, and families to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect. The child abuse prevention guide seeks to highlight the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive. 

  • Chapter 6 provides valuable resources, based on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors, for providers and families to work towards preventing child abuse and neglecting and having positive conversations about supporting families.  Resources available in English and Spanish.

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!

Guías de actividades La Semana del Niño/a Pequeño/a:  Consulte las guías de actividades de QSLA que le brindan a usted y a las familias que sirve formas divertidas e interactivas de celebrar cada día de la Semana del Niño Pequeño!

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist: Use this checklist to identify the skills you can help children develop in order to prepare them for lifelong learning.

Tips to Improve Your Classroom Environment: Optimizing the environment improves how children interact with the space, furnishings, learning materials, and even their educators.

  • English Learners with Disabilities Resources (CDE): The diverse languages and cultures that California’s students bring to the classroom are assets on which to build.  This page includes a variety of resources geared toward supporting providers and families caring for English Learners with Disabilities.  Resources include distance learning, family resources, and those from a variety of organizations across the country.
  • California Practitioners’ Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities: This guide emphasizes the importance of respecting and being responsive to student and family culture and language when developing programs, services, and instruction for ELs in the state who may have a disability that impacts their ability to learn. Children, including children with disabilities, can successfully learn two or more languages, and multilingualism has linguistic, social, cognitive, academic, economic, and cultural benefits.
  • Child Care Providers’ VERY IMPORTANT Role in Early Intervention: Learn how to identify children who might need services and help their families get it for them as early as possible.
  • Autism Resources from Sesame Street in Communities:
    • Sesame Street and Autism Playlist:  Watch these short videos featuring Julia and her Sesame Street friends with your little ones to learn more about autism and how we are all a little different.  #SeeAmazing
    • Sesame Street in Communities Autism Resources for Families: These resources from Sesame Street in Communities help support families, siblings, and children with autism.  As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism (or as someone who knows a person with autism), your understanding and support can help ease daily challenges…while celebrating the uniqueness of all children. 
    • Sesame Street en las Comunidades:  Autismo:  Los niños perciben el mundo de maneras diferentes. Esas diferencias son aún mayores para los niños autistas. La comprensión y el apoyo de los padres o cuidadores del niño o de alguien que conoce a una persona autista, pueden ayudar a manejar los desafíos diarios y a celebrar la singularidad de cada niño.  
    • Sesame Street and Autism: Resources You Can Use (Webinar) :  In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can use Sesame Street Autism resources to build acceptance, inclusivity, awareness, and understanding among the children and families that you serve.  
  • Autism Speaks Resource Guide: Check out Autism Speaks’ valuable list of state by state resources to support you or the families you serve with advocacy, health, evaluation and diagnosis, school, and other community or state level supports available to children with autism and their families.  
  • Autism Speaks Early Childcare Providers GuideThe purpose of this guide is to present ways for early childcare providers to better manage challenging behaviors in a childcare
    setting. It describes intervention strategies and positive behavioral supports to help class time go more smoothly. This toolkit
    also briefly describes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), basic developmental milestones, and potential developmental red flags to
  • Teaching Children with Autism (NAEYC):  This article by NACYE sharing instructional supports for children with autism spectrum disorder.  Teachers who purposefully use multiple instructional approaches optimize children’s opportunities for learning. 

NUEVO: Presentación de Contrato entre padres y proveedores- Aprenda a escribir un contrato: Public Counsel (5.18.21)

NEW: Parent Provider Contract Training Slides: Public Counsel (5.11.21)

Public Counsel and QSLA Webinar Recording:” Providing Child Care in the COVID Era”: Did you miss our incredible webinar with Public Counsel?  If so, you can now check out the recording to learn more about creating COVID related policies for your child care center or family child care program to keep your staff and families safe.  Click the resource links below to access the Parent-Provider Contract referenced during the webinar.

Sample English Parent Provider Contract with COVID Provisions  by Public Counsel (Updated Jan. 2021):

The contract at the link above is a sample, not a model; it may contain provisions that are not appropriate for certain providers, and it may not contain others that your program requires.  You should modify it and/or adapt it for your own use after a review of your specific program and methods of operation.  For example, if any parents of children in your care are enrolled in any type of subsidy program, you may need to include additional provisions.  When you settle on the version that seems best for you, you should ask a lawyer to review your contract before using it with any parents.  For qualifying providers, Public Counsel’s ECE Law Unit’s attorneys can either review your contract for you, or find an attorney to do so for you at no charge.

Please contact Public Counsel at 213-385-2977, ext.300.

Muestra de contrato de proveedor de padres en español con disposiciones de COVID: Public Counsel (actualizado enero 2021):

El contrato que sigue es una muestra, no un modelo; puede tener provisiones que no son apropiadas por ciertas proveedoras, y puede ser que no contenga otras las cuales su programa requiere. Usted debe de modificarlo y/o adaptarlo para su propio uso después de revisar su programa particular y sus métodos de operación. Por ejemplo, si los padres de un niño bajo su cuidado están inscritos en un programa de subsidio gubermental, tal vez usted necesite incluir provisiones adicionales. Cuando llegue a una versión que le convenga más, usted debe de pedirle a un abogado que le revise su contrato antes de utilizarlo con cualesquiera padres. Para proveedoras que califican, Public Counsel puede revisar su contrato o encontrarle un abogado que lo pueda hacer sin ningún cobro. 

Por favor llame al ECE Law Project Unit Intake line a: 213-385-2977 ext. 300.

NEWWorkforce Pathways LA Stipend Program: The Workforce Pathways LA Stipend Program (formerly known as AB212) provides financial incentives to LA County early educators, who work in centers or FCCs where most of the children are subsidized by CDE/ELCD funding, for achieving professional development milestones (i.e. Child Development permit, college coursework/degree, etc.). Deadline for Applications with supporting documents: Friday, December 4th, 2020.

QSLA Provider Discounts: (English/Spanish) Learn about the numerous discounts from our generous early learning vendor partners to help your site maximize its QSLA incentive funds.

 #Childcareheroes Resource Toolkit: This toolkit supports and honors our incredible QSLA #childcareheroes by providing tips and ideas for showcasing the incredible work they to support children and families in pictures, newsletters, social media, and more!  

Kit de Recursos y Herramientas #ChildCareHeroes: ¡Esta caja de herramientas apoya y honra a nuestros increíbles QSLA #heroesdecuidadodeniños por medio de consejos e ideas para mostrar el trabajo increíble que ellos hacen para apoyar a niños y familias en fotos, boletines, redes sociales, y más!”

NEW: Social Media Guide: Tips and ideas for using social media to showcase your participation in QSLA or post about QSLA

NUEVO:  Guía de Redes Sociales de QSLA:  Consejos e ideas para como usar las redes sociales para mostrar su participación en QSLA o publicar sobre QSLA

QSLA Branding Guidelines

Welcome to Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA)! We are proud of the work your early learning program is doing on behalf of children and families in L.A. County. It is our mission to support you in all your efforts, which also includes aiding in your outreach and communications as a provider enrolled in QSLA.

The QSLA Brand and Messaging Guide gives you information so that all internal and external messaging related to your participation in QSLA are consistent and an outstanding reflection of the work you are doing at your site. In this guide, you will learn

  1. How and when to use the QSLA logo
  2. Messages to support your communication about QSLA and the benefits of quality early learning

QSLA Logos: click the links below to download a .png version of the logo

  1. Color Logo – English tagline
  2. Color Logo – Spanish tagline
  3. Greyscale Logo
  4. Transparent White Logo