At LAUP, we believe working together in support of our youngest children is the best way to achieve lasting change in the quality of early learning experiences. We have been fortunate over the last 12 years to work with countless partners and friends across all disciplines of early childhood education, workforce development and research. We look to the future as we continue to join the charge for high-quality early education on the local, state and national levels.
Current LAUP partnerships include:
Quality Start Los Angeles
Quality Start Los Angeles is part of a nationwide movement to set standards that define quality for early childhood education (ECE). It is designed to inform parents as they make one of the most important decisions — finding the best early childhood education program for their family. Quality Start Los Angeles performs assessments and offers ECE providers support and financial incentives for their ongoing commitment to quality. The initiative is a joint effort of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles County – Office of Child Care, LAUP, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, and First 5 LA.
Generation To Generation (Encore.org)
LAUP has teamed up with community leaders, agencies and organizations to launch the Los Angeles initiative of the national Generation to Generation movement — a movement to inspire older adults to engage with young people to demonstrate what can be accomplished when generations come together. In Los Angeles, the Gen2Gen program aims to recruit diverse adults to work with children (0 – 8 years old) in under-served communities across Los Angeles County. With approximately 25% (220,000) of LA county children under 6 years old living in poverty, Gen2Gen LA is working in partnership with local community agencies to recruit older adults as volunteers or paid staff to help prepare young children to be educationally and socially ready to be successful in elementary school.
If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would, click here to learn more.