PROGRAMS ACHIEVING QUALITY (PAQ)

60% of children under the age of 5 spend more than 35 hours a week in early education settings. We know that children who receive high-quality early childhood development services experience reduced behavioral challenges, higher academic achievement, improved work habits and healthier relationships. With our PAQ program, childcare programs are given the education and resources needed to offer high quality, developmentally appropriate and sustainable businesses while children are being prepared to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.

We help programs achieve their quality improvement and accreditation goals through 4 main areas of support:

  • Individualized classroom coaching
  • Professional development for all staff
  • Center investment grants
  • Business development and resources

See how small business development and job training supports Kindergarten Readiness.

For more information regarding the PAQ program in St. Louis County please contact:

Rashaan Bush
bushr@united4children.org
314-531-1412 ext. 130

Here are some of the highlights of each level:

Pre-Level 1 Outreach
  • Developmental screenings for the children in your care
  • Fall conference (12 clock hours)
  • Professional development addressing social-emotional development
  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • Monthly home visits with information about early childhood development and available local resources
    • For registered in-home childcare providers
Level 1 Premium Relationship
  • Quality Improvement Grants 
    • 5 Kindergarten Readiness Kits
    • $300 Classroom Materials Grant
  • Coaching 
    • Monthly classroom coaching for 1 classroom
  • Professional Development 
    • Fall Conference (12 clock hours)
    • On-site training requests considered including Safe Sleep & CCDF or licensing corrections
    • Networking with the Community Impact Network Committees
    • CPR & First Aid
  • Resources 
    • Basic needs & service matching through Collective Impact Network Partner portal 
    • Business coaching & training: (Marketing, Accounting, Business practices, etc)
    • Marketing events
      • Week of the Young Child
      • Trunk-or-Treat
    Level 2 Child Development
      • Quality Improvement Grants 
        • $2,000 Classroom Materials Grant 
      • Coaching 
        • Monthly director & classroom coaching 
        • Center & classroom action planning 
        • TPOT & ERS assessments 
      • Professional Development 
        • Fall Conference 
        • Developmentally appropriate practice administration training (16 clock hours)
        • On-site training requests considered including Safe Sleep & CCDF or licensing corrections 
        • Networking with the Collective Impact Network Committees
        • CPR & First Aid 
        • Intro to Early Childhood Class
        • CDA Essentials Class
        • Internship Program 
      • Resources 
        • Basic needs & service matching through Collective Impact Network Partner portal 
        • Business coaching & training: (Marketing, Accounting, Business practices, etc)
        • Marketing Events 
          • Week of the Young Child
          • Trunk-or-Treat 
        • Business technology assessment and grants 
      Level 3 Preparing for Accreditation
      • Quality Improvement Grants 
        • $2,000 Classroom Materials Grant 
        • $1,000 Center Needs Grant 
        • Potential $27,000 Facility Grant (up to 2 given per year based on set criteria) 
      • Coaching 
        • Monthly director & classroom coaching
        • Center & classroom action planning 
        • TPOT & ERS assessments 
      • Professional Development 
        • Fall Conference 
        • Social-Emotional Early Childhood (SEEC) skills & administration training (20 clock hours) 
        • On-site training requests considered including Safe Sleep & CCDF or licensing corrections 
        • Networking with the Collective Impact Network Committees
        • CPR & First Aid
        • Intro to Early Childhood Class
        • CDA Essentials Class
        • Internship Program 
      • Resources 
        • Basic needs & services matching through Collective Impact Network Partner portal 
        • Business coaching & training: (Marketing, Accounting, Business practices, etc)
        • Marketing Events 
          • Week of the Young Child
          • Trunk-or-Treat
        • Business technology assessment and grants
        • ChildPlus software subscription 
        • CDA Internship Placement 
      Level 4 Seeking Accreditation
      • Quality Improvement Grants 
        • $5,000 Accreditation Grant
        • $1,000 Staff PTO Grant
      • Coaching 
        • Monthly director & classroom coaching
        • TPOT & ERS assessments 
        • Accreditation support 
        • Center action planning 
      • Professional Development 
        • Fall Conference 
        • Social-Emotional Early Childhood (SEEC) skills & administration training (20 clock hours) 
        • On-site training requests considered including Safe Sleep & CCDF or licensing corrections 
        • Networking with the Collective Impact Network Committees
        • CPR & First Aid
        • Intro to Early Childhood Class
        • CDA Essentials Class
        • Internship Program 
      • Resources 
        • Basic needs & services matching through Collective Impact Network Partner portal 
        • Business coaching & training: (Marketing, Accounting, Business practices, etc)
        • Marketing Events 
          • Week of the Young Child
          • Trunk-or-Treat
        • Business technology assessment and grants
        • ChildPlus software subscription 
        • CDA Internship Placement 

      Staff Members

      Rashaan Bush
      Director of PAQ Services
      ext. 130

      Brittany Mischeaux
      Early Childhood Specialist
      ext. 137

      Denise Silhavy
      Early Childhood Specialist
      ext. 139

      Kim Dunn
      Assistant Early Childhood Specialist
      ext.141

      Nikia Brown
      Early Childhood Specialist
      ext. 138

      Erika Mallet
      Early Childhood Specialist
      ext. 118

      OUTCOMES & IMPACT

      Children are given the chance to succeed in kindergarten by attending quality early childhood programs. Through Programs Achieving Quality childcare programs are given the education and resources needed to offer high-quality developmentally appropriate and sustainable business. 

      61%

      OF CLASSROOMS

      changed goals were met

      20%

      INCREASE

      on Business and Program Administration scores

      29

      TEACHERS

      received their Child Development Associate Certificate

      4000

      CHILDREN

      impacted

      Phone: (314) 531-1412
      Toll-Free: (800) 467-2322
      Fax: (314) 531-4184

      1310 Papin Street
      Suite 100B
      Saint Louis, MO 63103