Monterey QRIS Design and Early Learning System Building

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA helped Monterey County design its quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), strengthen its early learning capacity, and build an early learning system. THE BACKGROUND Quality rating and improvement systems are a key component of California’s early learning policy and funding. Without a QRIS in development, Monterey County found itself unable to…

Bay Area Quality Early Learning Partnership: Regional QRIS Approach

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA designed and coordinated a unique regional approach to QRIS implementation that enabled the sharing of local expertise, found operational efficiencies, and ensured consistency in QRIS implementation across the Bay Area Region. This partnership now serves as a model for regional QRIS implementation across California.   THE BACKGROUND In 2011, California was…

First 5 San Bernardino County QRIS Design and Development

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA Strategy + Communications facilitated the development of local partnerships and led a strategic planning process to build San Bernardino County’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), which will elevate the quality of their early learning programs and increase access to high quality early learning experiences for children throughout the county.  …

Fresno County Birth Through Third Grade Challenge: Systems Design and Building

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA provided strategic consultation and coordination throughout the design and development of an innovative collective impact initiative that brought together non-traditional partners to build a birth through third grade continuum and re-engineer the way children and families in Fresno County are supported.   THE BACKGROUND Recognizing the critical link between children’s first…

San Mateo County Human Services Agency Strategic Planning

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA helped the San Mateo County Human Services Agency leadership team develop a visionary strategic plan that responded to the unique needs and priorities of the agency and its clients.   THE BACKGROUND The San Mateo County Human Services Agency offers a wide range of services to support families and individuals, to…

San Mateo County QRIS Mentoring

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA provided quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) mentoring and integration support to San Mateo County, building on the county’s strong existing capacity in early childhood education to bring it quickly up to speed on QRIS implementation. THE BACKGROUND In 2011, California was awarded a federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge…

Sonoma County Oral Health Network Facilitation & System Development

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA provided strategic consultation and facilitation services to support the design and development of a collective impact initiative focused on strengthening Sonoma County’s fragmented dental health system.   THE BACKGROUND In an effort to improve dental health in Sonoma County, the Dental Health Program of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services…

Bay Area Quality Early Learning Partnership: Policy and Recommendations Briefs and Website

THE BIG PICTURE VIVA researched, wrote, and designed a suite of tools to share achievements and lessons learned from the Bay Area Quality Early Learning Partnership and promote the partners’ vision and policy recommendations for California’s quality early learning system.   THE BACKGROUND The Bay Area Quality Early Learning Partnership has been a four-year regional…

San Mateo County Human Services Agency Branch Strategic Planning

THE BIG PICTURE Following the successful development of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency’s strategic plan, VIVA supported the Agency’s branches in the development of branch-level plans that help foster a holistic approach to providing services. THE BACKGROUND VIVA previously led the Agency in the development of a five-year strategic plan that tied to…

Fresno County Early Stars: QRIS Design and Implementation

The Big Picture VIVA supported the Fresno County Office of Education in the strategic design, development, and implementation of their quality rating and improvement system, Early Stars. With VIVA’s support, Early Stars has been a leader in California’s county-based QRIS system. The Background In 2011, California was awarded a federal Race to the Top-Early Learning…