Quality Counts

There are many factors that parents and caregivers should consider when looking for childcare, including availability, cost and location. Time and time again studies show that quality is the most important consideration because children grow and develop rapidly in their first years of life and learn best in stimulating environments with experienced and well-educated teachers.

California is part of a nationwide effort engaged in improving the quality of early education programs utilizing the Quality Improvement and Rating System (QIRS), which is designed to continually improve the overall quality of early care and education available. Napa County is participating in the statewide QIRS to improve the quality of early education programs in our community.

Quality Counts Napa County enhances early care and education of children from birth to age 5. Early education providers who participate receive support and recognition for implementing research-based practices to provide high-quality environments and experiences for our community’s children.


For more information, contact:

Community Resources for Children

Judy Nielsen
707-253-0376 ext. 128

Napa County of Education (CSPP Funded Programs)

Je Ton Carey

Learn more about financial assistance options that cover some or all of the costs for quality early education below.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to families who may not be able to afford quality childcare or preschool. The resources on this page will help you learn more about the programs and help you to see if you qualify for aid.

Napa County Office of Education California State Preschool Program (CSPP)

CSPP is a state-funded early childhood education program administered by the Napa County Office of Education. Children who are eligible for CPP have the opportunity to attend half-day or full-day preschool or full-day kindergarten at a reduced or no cost.

Child Start

Head Start promotes school readiness for children from low-income families. From birth to age five, Head Start provides children a learning environment that enhances their cognitive, social and emotional development.


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