An initiative to help preschools prepare students for
elementary school recently received an achievement award from the National Association of Counties.
The 2014 Achievement Award given to the First 5 San Diego’s
Quality Preschool Initiative recognizes innovative county government programs
that modernize county government and increase services to residents.
The initiative is a partnership between the San Diego County
Office of Education and First 5 San Diego, the initiative’s funder. The Quality
Preschool Initiative has grown over time to include more than 200 locations and
13,000 children across the county.
“Through our strong partnership we have made the Quality
Preschool Initiative a state and national model,” said Kim Medeiros, executive
director of First 5 San Diego. “I look forward to strengthening our
partnership, especially through our Live Well San Diego effort, to ensure all
our youngest children start kindergarten ready to succeed.”
The initiative stretches from Oceanside to the U.S.-Mexico
border and extends east as far as Borrego Springs.
Through the effort, SDCOE employees work with teachers and
administrators in preschools in high-need areas to help insure high-quality learning that helps build important school-readiness
and social-emotional skills. The goal of this research-based strategy is to
close the achievement gap by focusing on improving the quality of existing preschool