Investing in Early Childhood Development

Quality Child Care Niagara (QCCN) is a standardized, research-based approach designed to enhance the quality of early childhood programs. QCCN has strengthened the foundation of child care and early childhood education through high quality child care experiences, individual developmental programming and outcomes, and supports and services throughout Niagara.

There are three main components used to support the early learning community through Quality Child Care Niagara (QCCN)

Resources and Tools
Developmental tools and resources are provided to centres to help educators support each child's individual uniqueness and assist educators in creating an inclusive, quality program for each child.

To facilitate all staff being trained on an ongoing basis as needed, the QCCN Reflective Practice Institute is available for educators supporting infant, toddler and preschool programs. The Reflective Practice Institute is available to view as five pre-recorded webinars. When safe to do so, consideration will be made for pivoting back to the two day in person instituted model.

Support Visits
As part of the QCCN program, centres will receive a questionnaire from Niagara Region Children's Services to determine the level each centre will be placed at (Level 1, 2 or 3). The ECCDC will be informed of the level and a customized support visit will be arranged accordingly. The purpose of the visit is to connect and have conversations about how the team is working together to implement the QCCN Tools, what types of strategies have been put in place, and what further support teams may require for using the tools.

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