Thursday, April 9, 2009

April 14 reception recognizing child care rating system





David Sommers, Supervisor Don Knabe’s Office (213) 974-4444

Kathy Malaske-Samu Office of Child Care, Chief Executive Office (213) 974-2440



Special Reception Will Honor Their Commitment to Excellence


(Los Angeles) Two years after the County of Los Angeles began an innovative child care rating system to help parents make informed child care choices for their children, Supervisor Don Knabe will recognize and thank the participating child development centers and family child care providers that made a commitment to improve the quality of their services. Over 200 programs have participated in the Steps to Excellence Project (STEP) rating system since it began in July 2007 in 10 communities with Los Angeles County.


When the rating program launched in 2007, its goal was two-fold, to educate parents and improve the quality and services of the centers. Participants in STEP voluntarily open their programs to an intense observation and administrative review process and have access to training and support if needed to improve their operations. The reception on April 14 will highlight the program’s success and the positive impact the program has had for parents who are seeking quality child care for their children.


Who:     Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe

                Policy Roundtable for Child Care             

STEP Participants


What:    Recognition Breakfast Reception


When:  Tuesday, April 14th

                7:30 – 10 am


Where: Kenneth Hall of Administration

                500 West Temple Street, 8th Floor

                Los Angeles, 90012


Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks will also be on hand to congratulate the participants.


Following the reception, the participants will have the opportunity to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting where the Board will declare April 19-25 as the Week of the Young Child in Los Angeles County.


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