Children start learning from day one – long before the start of kindergarten. In a child’s first five years, their brain undergoes rapid development. During this crucial period, high quality early learning environments have been shown to have positive and lasting effects on academic achievement and other important child outcomes. In particular, children who participate in high quality learning environments are not only better prepared for kindergarten but also have greater success in elementary school and are more likely to graduate from high school and thrive in adulthood.

The San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative (SDQPI) serves as an important champion for children in the county by helping families identify and access quality child care and early learning programs. In addition, SDQPI helps providers keep up to date with best practices in early learning and identify areas for continued improvement. This powerful partnership of knowledge and education is contributing to quality outcomes for the region’s next generation of successful students.