Currently over 140 family child care programs and child care centers in Santa Barbara County voluntarily participate in Quality Counts. These programs are committed to quality improvement and go beyond regulatory licensing requirements to support the children in their care and provide a strong foundation for school readiness and beyond. Congratulations to all the Quality Counts providers for being committed to the rigorous standards associated with high quality care!
Quality Counts centers are rated based on 7 elements, and family child care homes are rated on 5 elements (two don’t apply to family child care). The scores are combined to determine an overall rating: Not Yet Rated (0), Licensed Quality (1), Committed to Quality (2), Achieving Quality (3), Exceeding Quality (4), and Excelling in Quality (5).
For a complete list of all child care and preschool programs in Santa Barbara County contact Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County. Their trained staff will help you connect with programs that are committed to quality care. We also recommend that you directly ask the providers you are interested in for more information about their ratings. Please note, ratings are monitored and updated on an ongoing basis.