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.
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.
Meet Olga, a small family child care provider who participated in the
Quality Counts Alameda County program.
Meet Our Coaches
Kathryn Clark Silveira
My name is Kathryn Clark Silveira. I have been working in the field of early childhood education for 25 years. I reside in Vallejo—where I was also born and raised. My career began as a substitute teacher assistant for Vallejo Unified School District before expanding into the lead teacher role for the State Preschool Program at Steffan Manor Elementary. I obtained my Associate of Arts Degree from Solano College in the Fall of 2000.
Around that time, I decided to take a leap of faith by starting my very own Preschool Program. Care 4 EM was a preschool in its inception, but as families voiced the need for quality full-time care, it manifested into a full-time Family Child Care Home. For eight years, I was blessed to have the trust and support of my family and so many others. I was also designated as a Mentor Teacher Program through the California Early Childhood Mentor Program where I trained and supported ECE students, teacher and fellow family childcare providers.
I have had the opportunity to be trained in several tools related to early childhood education including the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale, Ages and Stages, and the Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Development.
Outside of being a Quality Counts Coach, I have also joined several community boards—including the Solano County Library Advisory Council. I am certified in Baby Signs, and operate a non-profit lending library that provides toys and materials to families, teachers, and those caring for children in Solano County.
My name is Sandra Gonzales-Pabon. I am originally from Peru and came to the United States in 1995. My formal education started at Universidad de San Martin De Porres, Lima Peru in Communication. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I have a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; and have also completed the four modules for the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Institutes. I am reliable observer in the Infant and Toddler Classroom Assessment Scoring System® and am a Trainer of Trainers for the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the ASQ-SE. I’m proficient in Spanish—verbal and written—and have had experiences working as a translator in education, health and social services.
I began my teaching career in Early Education. I was a Teacher Assistant working for toddlers. Next, I worked as a Bilingual Teacher Aid for the Child Development Department. While there, I worked with young Spanish speaking children in the State Preschool Program. I piloted the Play Group for First 5 and went on to provide family child care in my home before I was hired as an Infant Toddler Teacher for Early Head Start at Sacramento Unified School District. My work has included home visitations, center-based care, coaching, supervising and supporting educational staff.
My name is Arielle Parrish and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in infant and early childhood mental health. I am trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and have worked extensively with young children who have experienced abuse, trauma, and attachment issues. I have also had experience as a Developmental Specialist, serving infants and toddlers ages 0-3 with developmental delays and disabilities.
I have worked with preschools and daycares as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, providing targeted observations and reports to programs that have children with challenging behaviors. I also had the opportunity to work as a trainer and coach for the Pyramid Model in Nevada, helping programs reach fidelity using the framework of that curriculum. I am passionate about working with teachers to create inclusive environments that support the learning and development of all children.
My name is Simone Findlay, and I have been in the field of early childhood education for over twenty years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. I have worked as a lead teacher, director, child advocate and trainer. I have been a Solano QRIS coach since April 2017 and have been training adults since 2004. My experience includes working with a wide variety of programs such as: college lab schools, private schools, faith-based centers, NAEYC accredited centers, Head Start, state preschools, therapeutic preschool settings and family child care.
In addition to the above, I’ve also worked with the following populations: children and families with mental health concerns, multi-lingual families, homeless children, and children with disabilities/special needs. I’ve had the opportunity to train in the Environmental Rating Scale tools as well as the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® in PreK and Toddler. I also have had experience with the DRDP, ASQ, CSEFEL, and NAEYC Accreditation.
My name is Bronwyn Kennedy and I’ve been working in the field of early childhood for close to seventeen years. Over the years, my experience has included working with private centers, nonprofits, state preschools, family childcare, and more recently, as a QRIS coach.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE)—with a concentration in ECE administration—and am on my way to achieving a Masters in ECE.
I am a mom to two children. My son is eighteen and is in his second year at University of California Santa Barbara, My daughter is sixteen and is a junior in high school. I’m also a mom to four fur babies—two cats and two dogs. I enjoy spending my spare time reading, watching movies, swimming, traveling and taking my dogs for walks.