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Quality First

After participating in the lengthy process of First Things First Quality First Program, we have received our long awaited star rating. We are a 4 Star “Quality Plus Program” which means Sonshine Preschool Exceeds Quality Standards!!! Please visit the Quality First Website for more information. http://www.qualityfirstaz.com/

What is Quality First?
Quality First is a signature program of First Things First that partners with child care and preschool providers to improve
the quality of early learning across Arizona.
Quality First supports providers in making quality improvements that research proves help children thrive. These include
education for teachers to expand their skills in working with young children, and coaching to help providers create
learning environments that nurture the emotional, social and academic development of every child.
You can learn more at QualityFirstAZ.com.

Why does your program participate in Quality First?
Parents and providers want the same things for children – for them to arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. By
improving our early learning program through participation in Quality First, we are giving young kids the tools they need
to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Why does quality matter in early learning?
 90% of a child’s brain develops before age 5. The positive, nurturing relationships young kids have with
adults – from parents to child care and early learning professionals – shape their learning now and
throughout their lives.
 Quality early learning settings like child care and preschool help children develop skills – like motivation,
self-control, focus, and self-esteem – that are crucial to their success now and once they enter school.

What does quality early learning look like?
Quality child care and preschool settings build on basic health and safety to include:
 Teachers and caregivers who know how to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers;
 Positive, nurturing relationships that give young kids the individual attention they need;
 Learning environments that encourage creativity and imaginative play;
 Hands-on activities that stimulate and encourage positive brain connections in children; and,
 Caregivers who provide regular feedback to parents on the development of their child.

All of these elements combined make a child care environment that prepares children for kindergarten.