Quality Early Care

First 5 Sacramento is committed to creating a brighter future for our community through developing and supporting high-quality child care. 

We do this through two funded programs:

Both ​programs provide support for early childhood educators in order to grow and enhance their skills. Click the links above to read more about each program’s services.​ 

Looking for child care?​ Here's a quick outline of what to look for in quality child care.​​

  • Culturally Responsive Caregiving
  • Engaging with Parents
  • Health & Safety Practices
  • Inclusion for all Children and Families
  • Measuring Program Quality
  • Onsite Training & Consultation
  • Positive Discipline & Guidance
  • Professional Growth Activities
  • Reflective Practice
  • Relationship Building
  • Strengthening​ Children's Learning 

​What We Do

First 5 Sacramento offers training, consultation, resources, and mentoring to child care providers to support their growth and increase the quality of child care in Sacramento.

​Why We D​o It

Research shows that high-quality early learning experiences help children thrive; child care and preschool create the foundation for future success in school and life. Children who have had high-quality care have better language and social skills, are better problem-solvers, and are more successful academically in their school years.


Lindsay Dunckel​,  First 5 School Readiness Program Planner,

Child Action, Inc., Quality Child Care Collaborative program:  Anthony Garcia, Resource and Referral Manager, (916) 369-3320 

Sacramento County Office of Education, Preschool Bridging Model Plus: Ramee Serwanga​, Program Specialist, (916) 228-2463