Professional Development & Coaching

What is Offered

Teaching is learning. Quality improvement efforts that are based on rich relationships and driven by educators with children’s best interests in mind create lasting benefits.

With that goal, Quality Connections invests in and partners with early childhood professionals and programs. ECE educators who are committed to continuous quality improvement can:

  • Create a road map to high quality
  • Connect with colleagues to talk about teaching
  • Meet and become an inspiring mentor
  • Participate in a community of practice
  • Gain skills, knowledge, and new attitudes
  • Find support to be a reflective teacher
  • Access tangible resources for improving their program environment
  • Support every child in their program to succeed

Through Quality Connections, San Francisco provides robust citywide technical assistance, coaching, training, and resources to meet national standards for quality early care and education.

Our services progressively focus on supporting programs with the greatest quality improvement needs. Initial Priority for services is given to publicly funded early care and education programs serving low income or children with special needs.


To Quality Connections’ multilingual coaches are available to support center-based and family child care programs through a strength-based approach that supports their vision, goals, and efforts toward improving quality.

Quality connections coaches offer individualized onsite coaching to support educators’ efforts to achieving quality improvements that will create better experiences for the children in their programs.

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.

Quality Connections First 5 SF


Quality Connections provides targeted training opportunities in the areas of learning and development, child assessment, supporting social emotional development, and best practices for providers caring for children in group care settings. Specific content may focus on the Environmental Rating Scales (ERS), Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), the California Early Learning and Development System.

For information about upcoming training opportunities, please visit the calendar of training events.

Quality Partners

Trainings are offered by our Quality Partners:

High-quality early education is critical to young children’s development, as it prepares them for all future learning. High-quality early education improves socialization, pre-reading, vocabulary, and basic math skills for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. First 5 San Francisco guides and supports the continuous quality improvement of San Francisco’s early care and education programs by giving early care and education programs resources and tools to help them continually assess and improve their quality.


The Office of Early Care and Education offers professional development training for OECE funded providers, as well as ECE workforce support through City College of San Francisco.


San Francisco Unified School District offers training and technical assistance to community partners. To learn more, visit


Family Child Care Quality Network: Children’s Council offers the following services to child care providers:

  1. Support obtaining a child care license
  2. Technical assistance and consulting
  3. Professional development and training

To learn more about their support for child care providers, please email:


The Quality Networks partner with participating family child care educators to offer specialized and comprehensive support, along with tools and resources to continuously                   improve the quality of early care and education programs. Participants receive individualized support from consultants who provide information, tools, and resources focused on           each provider’s unique situation and goals for program improvement.

Areas of support include:

      • Best practices in child development
      • Business management resources including budgeting and marketing tools
      • Connections to the community through trainings and networking opportunities with other ECE educators
      • Support from community partners such as local wellness organizations and inclusion services which provide professional consultation and resources

Please call (415) 230-7541 or email for more information.


      • WestEd

      • WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad. They offer professional learning and technical assistance.
      • City College of San Francisco

      • City College of San Francisco offers courses, certificates, and degree programs in Child Development and Family Studies, as well as student support programs and resources for those in the early care and education field.
      • San Francisco State University

      • San Francisco State University offers the Department of Child and Adolescent Development Major for providers seeking an undergraduate degree in the early care and education field.
      • Support for Families

      • Support for Families offers information and education to professionals working with children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.
      • Early Childhood Mental Health (Department of Public Health)

      • The Department of Public Health provides training to providers around early childhood mental health.