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Quality Counts Coaching

What is Quality Counts Coaching?

Preschool and child care programs enrolled in Solano’s Quality Counts participate in on-site coaching. Quality Counts coaching supports teachers, classrooms assistants, and administrators in enhancing the quality of their early learning programs. Quality Counts coaching is an evidence-based and reflective practice that guides teachers in setting and implementing goals and quality improvement plans. By working one-on-one with a coach, teachers build practical skills and improve their students’ readiness for kindergarten and beyond.

Why Coaching?

Coaching provides a highly tailored approach with individualized support and custom feedback.

Coaching can be an effective method because it meets providers where they are; ensuring that information is relevant and useful.

Coaching has been demonstrated to be an effective tool for professional development and growth.

Who are Your Coaches?

Gail Benson

"My professional experience consists of 15+ years working as an Early Childhood Educator/ Director/ Mentor, and 5 years as an ECE Adjunct Faculty at Contra Costa College. I obtained a Master of Education degree from Concordia University where my specialization became Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, Other specialties includes Development of Creative Art for young children, ECERS, FCCERS, and ITTERS. I am certified in Infant, Toddler and PreK CLASS and I have years of experience personally using CLASS, DRD also have experience as a Quality Improvement Rater/Reviewer for Quality Counts California. So, I come to you with a wealth of knowledge and experience that I hope will assist and support you to the utmost. I am willing and ready to help you reach and P’s and ASQ’s in the classroom. I accomplish your quality improvement goals. I can’t wait to meet you!”

Grace Jenschke

"I received my Associates and BA Degree in Child Development with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education from California State University of Sacramento. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 10 years now and have learned and experienced an abundance of knowledge. I have been an infant and toddler teacher, Site Supervisor at a private Montessori school, Preschool Assistant Director, and a State

Preschool Teacher for a full inclusion program that serves children with special needs. During my time in these positions, I have acquired a substantial amount of qualities that have benefited the programs and communities I have worked for and served; such as: Teaching Pyramid, ECERS, DRDP’s, CLASS, GLAD,

ASQ’s, Triple P., and RAR. I regularly attend training to keep my knowledge, expertise, and familiarity up-to-date and ready to transmit the information to others. As your QRIS Coach, it is my duty and goal to help you develop and provide the absolute best quality program for the families you serve. I look forward to meeting each one of you as we work together to make it happen!"

Kristin McCaffrey

“Hi, my name is Kristin, and I’m the Early Learning Quality Improvement Coach at the Solano County Office of Education. I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 25 years and have a variety of experiences to draw from. I have a BA in Child Development, and I’ve worked as a Reading Paraeducator, Preschool Teacher, Resource Specialist, Preschool Director for a private school, as well as a Head Start program. I also owned my Family Child Care business for eight years and am very familiar with Community Care Licensing. In these roles, I have used a variety of tools such as Teaching Strategies: Creative Curriculum, DRDP’s, ASQ-SE and ASQ-3, and 2nd Step. I am excited to meet everyone and be a support to your early learning program.”




Meet Olga, a small family child care provider who participated in the

Quality Counts Alameda County program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyTtg8S0ULU