The STEPP Program has been participating in the Early Quality Matters, EQM, program through the California Early Learning and Care Division to assure quality in our early learning programs throughout the state. We are in a partnership with Nevada, Placer, and Sierra Counties in participating in this wonderful opportunity for our program to measure the quality of care we are providing for our infants and toddlers enrolled in the STEPP program.
We are asking for $3500.00 to purchase materials to help enhance the areas in our center that will help enrich experiences around language, nature and science, sand and water play, dramatic play, and promoting acceptance of diversity. We will do this through providing a variety of books that cover subjects not limited to, feelings, different cultures, community, and bilingual concept books. We will also create a cozy nook area for reading including small comfortable seating. For our science and nature area we would like to purchase materials that support measuring, soft puppets and animals that represent creatures from our community, observation tools, and motion and velocity. For our dramatic play we are looking for materials to support diversity and cultural through dolls, pictures of different cultures, fabrics, open ended materials to allow the children to use their imagination. These items will help enrich the environment and experiences for our children setting up our program to score higher on the ITERS tool.