Child Signature Program (CSP)


The cornerstone of the Child Signature Program (CSP) is to invest in high quality preschool programs that enhance the quality of care and education that children receive. Studies conclude that high quality preschool programs improve school readiness and lead to better long-term academic achievement. Furthermore, research shows high quality early education helps reduce unemployment, drug or alcohol abuse, high school dropout rates, and crime.

The Child Signature Program works to invest in high quality preschool programs that enhance the quality of care and education that children receive. CSP is designed to draw on First 5 California's current partnership with the Educare quality learning model. Studies conclude high quality preschool programs improve school readiness and lead to better long-term academic achievement.

In October 2011, the First 5 California Children and Families Commission approved funding of up to $45 million per fiscal year for the Child Signature Program, and further authorized unspent funds may be carried over into subsequent fiscal years.

Additional information about the Child Signature Program is provided in the CSP Fact Sheet.

CSP RFA #1

Quality Enhancement of PoP
(Funding term July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015)

CSP 1 is designed to further enhance program quality in the original eight PoP counties for three years. CSP 1 requires matching funds from counties. The requirements for CSP 1 are described in the RFA below.

CSP 1 focuses on enhancing overall quality in all CSP 1 sites and classrooms, and further increases quality through the implementation of Quality Enhancements in the following three research-based Program Elements:

  • Instructional Strategies and Teacher-Child Interactions
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Parent Involvement and Support

CSP RFA #1

CSP RFA #1 Intent to Award

CSP RFA #1 FAQS AND WEBINARS

CSP RFA #2

Readiness Assessment and Quality Improvement
(Funding term July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015)

CSP 2 is designed to provide all 58 counties the opportunity to increase quality in early learning programs serving the highest risk children ages 0 to 5. CSP 2 does not require matching funds from counties.

CSP 2 focuses on providing quality improvement support through training and technical assistance to local centers to bring them up to the quality levels of classrooms participating in CSP 1. CSP 2 counties completed a Readiness Assessment on each participating center and classroom, and collected data to determine levels of strength and areas for improvement. These data inform training opportunities designed to advance quality to a higher level throughout the term of the program.

CSP RFA #2

CSP RFA #2 Intent to Award

CSP RFA #2 FAQS aND WEBINARS

CSP RFA #3

Quality Enhancement of Eligible CSP 2 Classrooms
(Funding term July 1, 2013 June 30, 2015)

CSP 3 is designed to allow counties not currently participating in CSP 2 to apply for two years of Quality Enhancement funding for classrooms that meet Teacher/Provider Qualifications at the First 5 Quality Level and CSP Baseline Criteria. The content of RFA #3 is similar to that of RFA #1 in terms of quality enhancements for qualifying classrooms.

CSP RFA #3

CSP RFA #3 Intent to Award

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a question or comment regarding the CSP, you can do so by sending an e-mail to CSP@ccfc.ca.gov. In the subject line, reference the specific program corresponding to the inquiry.