Parents: How to Choose Quality Child Care

Research shows that high quality early childhood education programs improve a child’s readiness for school and prepares them for success in kindergarten and beyond.  High 5 for Quality is El Dorado County’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for licensed early care and education providers and is based upon well-defined, high quality standards and offers support and incentives to assist providers in reaching higher levels of quality. The goals of High 5 for Quality are to improve the quality of early care and education programs in El Dorado County and to offer parents and families an identifiable symbol of quality.

High 5 for Quality Rating Guide

Programs rated by High 5 for Quality demonstrate compliance with licensing requirements and volunteer to participate in High 5 for Quality. High 5 for Quality uses a scale of one to five to rate overall program quality. The following is a brief summary of what the quality levels mean.

Tier 1

Licensed and is in good standing with licensing regulations.

Tier 2

Licensed and exceeds licensing standards in some areas. Beginning to explore quality improvement activities.

Tier 3

Licensed and exceeds licensing standards in multiple areas. Independent rating assessments have been completed by a reliable observer.

Tier 4

Licensed and exceeds licensing standards in all areas. Independent rating assessments show higher scores.

 

 

Tier 5

Licensed and exceeds licensing standards in all areas. Independent rating assessments show the highest scores.

How are High 5 for Quality Ratings Calculated?

An Early Childhood Program's overall quality rating is the result of the program's demonstrated ability to meet High 5 for Quality criteria at the time of rating. Please ask the individual programs for their rating report card. For more information about the QRIS Rating System click here.

Need Help Finding Child Care or Preschool?

Choices for Children - Child care experts encourage parental choice by offering a personalized list of child care options that meet individual needs. Community resources, child care subsidies, and early education services are offered. Visit: Choices for Children Resources and Referrals

State and Federally Funded Early Care and Education Programs

El Dorado County Office of Education
Child Development Programs
6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 622-7130 x270
(Early Head Start 0-3 years, Head Start, State Preschool 3-5 years, General child care 0-5 years, CalSAFE child care, school age child care)

Lake Tahoe Child Development Center (General child care, 2 ½ -5 years)
3441 Spruce Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-5887

Happy Kids Preschool & Child Care (General child care 0-3, State Preschool 3-5 years)
2786 Coloma Strett
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 626-0344

Happy Kids Preschool & Child Care (General child care 0-3, State Preschool 3-5 years)
2635 Cambridge Road
Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 676-2223

Happy Kids Preschool & Child Care (General child care 0-3, State Preschool 3-5 years)
3900 Ponderosa Road
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
(530) 677-0551

Pioneer Preschool (General Childcare 3-5)
6860 Mt. Aukum Road, Somerset, CA 95684
(530) 620-3556

Step-by -Step Early Learning Childcare Center (General Childcare 0-3)
981 Silver Dollar Ave
South Lake Tahoe, 96150, (530)-541-1320

Under the Magic Pine Tree (General child care 0-3, State Preschool 3-5 years)

2111 South Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-4848

Tahoe Headstart/State Preschool
1286 Kyburz Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 543-8242

Al Tahoe Head Start/State Preschool
1100 Lyons Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Lake Tahoe Community College (General child care, 0-5 years, school age care)
Child Development Center
1 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-4660 x288

El Dorado County
Department of Social Services (0-13 years)
3057  Briw Road
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 642-7200