Bucks County’s number one child care resource!

The Bucks County Quality Child Care Coalition was established in 2002 through a grant from the state to focus on early care and education issues for children. Prior to this time, there only existed a fragmented system that lacked collaboration, standards, and support for low-income families. Since that time, QCCC has been instrumental in supporting the following:

  • Voluntary NAEYC accreditation of programs
  • Keystone STARS participation
  • Standards for early learning
  • Collaboration among child care providers, school districts and other partners
  • More formalized professional development
  • Subsidy funds for low-income families to meet child care expenses
  • Advocacy for quality early care and education policies and funding
  • Inclusion of ALL children in quality programs
  • Family information & education
  • Smooth transition into kindergarten

QCCC focuses on engaging families, child care programs, educators, school districts and other community partners to educate the public on the importance of quality in child care, early childhood education, and pre-K programs. Partnering with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and United Way of Bucks County, QCCC is moving ahead, forging relationships with new partners and working with a strengthened network of child care programs to make quality early care and education a reality for ALL of Bucks County’s children.

Inclusion

Belonging is a basic need of every person. For children to belong, they need to be able to fully participate in everyday activities with their peers. This requires that children with disabilities have access to and are actively included within the same social and learning opportunities that they would have if they did not have a disability. Successful implementation of inclusion practices requires appropriate supports and services to be available and used to facilitate children’s full participation in activities. Partnerships between families, professionals, and communities are an essential foundation for high- quality inclusion. Many individuals and agencies must collaborate to ensure that successful inclusive opportunities are available.

Working Together

Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) designed ELRCs as a place where families can find high-quality early education opportunities, apply for assistance to help with child care costs or access other resources that will set them on a path to success. It is also where child care providers can receive information on improving program quality.  QCCC works with ELRC #16 which includes all of Bucks County; visit www.elrc-csc.org for more information.

Here are some additional links about the ELRCs: