Partners in Quality
Partners in Quality for Early Childhood Care and Education is made up of organizations from the public and private sector that have made a commitment to support early learning in Greater Kansas City. The vision of PIQ is to build a nationally unsurpassed early learning system in metropolitan Kansas City, ensuring the success of all children in our community. PIQ's mission is to engage a broad, influential group of metropolitan Kansas City organizations and individuals to design and implement a national unsurpassed early learning system through individual commitment and collective action.
2013 Agendas & Meeting Notes
2012 Agendas & Meeting Notes
PIQ has developed the following overarching goals:
- Professionals who are equipped to prepare children to succeed are attracted and retained.
Access to Quality
- All families who want to access high quality early learning programs are able to locate and secure services that are flexible and responsive to their needs.
Families are supported and valued as children?s first and most important teachers and they and other caregivers have easy access to information, resources and services to help children grow and learn.
In order to sustain a high quality early learning system, public policy must be in place to support the system. Building public will, having sufficient numbers (“critical mass”) of early learning programs engaged in the Quality Rating and Improvement System and public financial support are all necessary components for sustainability of a high quality early learning system.
- Evaluation must be conducted regularly and must include child and program, as well as system evaluation, in order to ensure that program quality and children?s readiness for school are positively impacted. Evaluation is critical in determining what strategies for improving quality and child outcomes have been most effective and in ensuring that community investments are achieving desired outcomes.
An update of the PIQ strategic plan will be available in early 2011.
Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Bi-County United Way
Bright Horizons-Citicorp Family Center
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Early Childhood Special Education Directors’ Forum
Early Head Start Shawnee Mission
Economic Opportunity Foundation
El Centro, Inc.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Francis Family Foundation
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
Hall Family Foundation
Independence School District
Jewish Heritage Foundation
Kansas City, Missouri, School District
Kansas City Public Television Channel 19
Local Investment Commission
Maternal Child and Health Coalition
Metropolitan Community Colleges
Metropolitan Council on Early Learning
Mid-America Association of the Education of Young Children
Mid-America Regional Council
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
National Center for Fathering
Parents as Teachers Consortium
Partnership for Children
Pembroke Hill School
Seton Center Family and Health Services
St. Mark's Child and Development Center
St. Therese Early Education Center
St. Vincent's Operation Breakthrough
The Family Conservancy
The H&R Block Foundation
UMKC Family Studies Program
UMKC-Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center
United Community Services
United Way of Wyandotte County
University of Missouri-Kansas City Family Studies
University of Missouri- Kansas City Institute for Human Development
Up With Parents and Other Caregivers
YMCA of Greater Kansas City