The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) is a federally funded child care rating and improvement system operated through the Los Angeles County Office of Child Care. RTT-ELC is designed to improve the quality of licensed child care programs through the community.

The goal is to close the achievement gap for young children ages birth through five who have "high needs," meaning they are low-income, dual language learners, have special needs, or are under the supervision of child protective services.

For the past two years, Connections for Children has partnered with the County Office of Child Care to provide coaching support to family child care providers and child care centers participating in RTT-ELC. Working with over 20 child care sites, CFC coaches have helped them to prepare for their initial quality assessment, understand where quality improvements are needed and develop plans to make recommended changes, and finally help them attain a higher score in follow-up ratings. 

If you're interested in participating, you can apply with the Los Angeles County Office of Child Care. If you are in the CFC region, you will be referred to the Connections office. Once you have been referred to CFC, we will provide the following:

  • Determine quality improvement needs based on RTT quality ratings, site visit, and discussions with participants.
  • Develop Quality Improvement Plan articulating goals that correspond with the RTT quality framework.
  • Determine action steps and resources need per participant.
  • Provide Quality Coaching that assists participants in evaluating and improving the quality of child care in their facility. The coach is available for one on one site visits.
  • Eligible programs will receive a quality improvement grant based on the type of licensed program.

For more information visit the County Office of Child Care's RTT-ELC website.


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