Quality Child Care Matters


Important Messages

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not be completing assessments or rating visits until December 2020.

The 2020-2021 PDP Application period is closed!

We would like to thank everyone for their 2020-2021 PDP Application (9/15/2020-1/15/2021). First 5 Contra Costa, the Contra Costa County Office of Education, and CocoKids are continuing to align efforts and blend funding to consolidate professional development opportunities for all Contra Costa early care and education (ECE) professionals.

New this year was an online application submission. Paper applications are no longer available, however, PDP College Advisors were available to provide support and assistance with the application.

Our intent was to simplify and streamline professional development and incentive opportunities for our local workforce and to proactively respond and integrate input received from our local ECE workforce to improve access and participation in the Professional Development Program (PDP) activities.

5-Step process to determine eligibility and instructions on how to access and complete the online application.

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Professional Development Program Guide and Application

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates 

Important Message from Quality Matters:
Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not be completing assessments or rating visits until December 2020.

News and Updates

Resources for Online Learning, Support, and Self Care:

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Government and Federal Updates

Quality Matters!

Licensed (or license-exempt) child care programs–public and private centers and family child care programs–throughout Contra Costa County can join Quality Matters (QM), our quality rating and improvement system, which supports and incentivizes child care programs to offer the best early care and education possible.

Quality is the new benchmark of early child care and education

High-quality child care programs excel in all areas of service. They provide safe, healthy, nurturing and stimulating environments that support and promote all areas of a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Quality early child care lays the foundation for future success

  • Quality care is linked to the brain development and social development of infants and toddlers.
  • Children who receive higher-quality care show more positive outcomes in academics, behavior and social skills than those who receive lower-quality care.1
  • Lower-quality care can have negative effects on a child’s language, social development and school performance.2

Individuals can join Quality Matters too!

For nearly 20 years, the Contra Costa County Professional Development Program (PDP) has helped Contra Costa’s child care providers advance their education and training in early childhood education, and rewarded them when they do.  PDP offers a stipend to those who work at licensed (or license-exempt) child care programs–public and private centers and family child care programs–throughout Contra Costa County.

Child care providers must work in Contra Costa County with children birth to age five may be eligible for a stipend ranging from $300 to $1,200 when they earn six units of college coursework, meet education milestones, or complete training hours toward a degree, permit, or required professional development hours.

Please click here for program requirements and deadlines. The application period is open until January 15, 2021.  Please contact your PDP College Advisor as well.

Resources to help you improve the quality of care you provide

Contra Costa County


Provides free or low cost programs and services to help support child care providers in Contra Costa County. Services are available to licensed child care centers and family child care homes to support their quality improvement, school readiness efforts and the success of their businesses.
Call: (925) 676-5442

Quality Matters

If you are a licensed child care provider for children ages 5 or under in Contra Costa County, you may be eligible to participate in Quality Matters—a program that offers training, coaching, and financial rewards to help providers improve the quality of care they offer.
Call: (925) 771-7319

Community College Support

Support is available for Contra Costa child care providers taking classes at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College, including an academic advisor to help providers set and meet educational goals, tutoring and special provider-only classes, assistance for English as a Second Language students, textbook loans and more.

Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE)

The Contra Costa County Office of Education provides services for children 0-3 years old who qualify for special education services through the Early Start program.  A Road Map to Kindergarten©Guide for parents is available in English and Spanish to help promote successful kindergarten transitions for children.

The Contra Costa County Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education (LPC)

LPC promotes quality child care through community assessment, advocacy, resource development, and collaboration with other organizations. The LPC coordinates ongoing early care and education trainings, seminars and events for providers and families in Contra Costa County.


Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE)

A statewide non-profit organization committed to advancing the profession of childhood education. Provides resources and services for early care and education professionals to improve business management practices through education, networking and advocacy.

California Association for Family Child Care

A nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that providers have the support and resources they need to be successful. Members are provided with information, professional growth opportunities and mentoring.
Call: 510-450-7152


National Association for the Education of Young Children

Professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy and research. Supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

National Association for Family Child Care

Nonprofit membership association dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.


1 www.del.wa.gov/publications/elac-qris/docs/SynthesisDoc.pdf
2 http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/115/1/187