Licensed Child Care Centers with Quality Scores

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Office of Early Care and Education

Goal: 99% of child care centers scoring 4.5 out of 7
Goal Status: ON TARGET

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Result: 99% of child care centers scoring 4.5 out of 7

The licensed child care centers with high quality assessment measure represents the proportion of licensed child care centers that have a current quality assessment and that maintain a score of at least 4.5 out of 7. The quality assessment used for this measure is the Environment Rating Scale (ERS). The ERS measures the categories Physical Environment, Basic Care, Curriculum, Interaction, Schedule and Program Structure, and Parent and Staff Education. This measure is important because research confirms that high-quality early learning programs help improve child readiness for school, leading to higher test scores, better school attendance, higher rates of school completion, and greater likelihood of attending college.

QUALITY ASSESSMENT SCORES

How the Office of Early Care and Education is Performing

The Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) exceeded its FY2015-16 goal of 96 percent of licensed child care centers with a current quality assessment receiving a score of 4.5 or above out of 7, ending the year at 99 percent. 95 percent of licensed child care centers with a current quality assessment received a score of 4.5 or above at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2014-15. OECE will use quality assessment data to identify opportunities for improving centers that are not meeting this threshold, and continue to reassess performance measures as most centers achieve this goal. 

How Performance is Measured

The measure is calculated by determining the number of licensed child care centers that have a current quality assessment score and then determining the portion of these centers that received a score of 4.5 or above. Quality assessments are conducted by WestEd, a San Francisco-based nonprofit research and evaluation agency. The Children’s Council of San Francisco maintains the data, which is analyzed by the Human Service Agency’s Planning Unit.

The number displayed on the scorecard page represents the FY 2015-16 value.

Additional Information

View detailed information and resources on child care on the Children’s Council of San Francisco website.

Data

Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.