Child Signature Program (CSP)
The CSP page has been designed to provide information for the First 5 counties and/or lead agencies currently participating in the CSP. The information included on this page will inform local implementation efforts and highlight state-level requirements. This information will be updated regularly, so please check back often for the latest information. This page also provides a direct link to the CSP Profile and Evaluation Data System.
The primary purposes of the Child Signature Program are:
- To enhance the quality of the Power of Preschool (PoP) program by implementing three research-based Program Elements:
- Instructional Strategies and Teacher-Child Interactions
- Social-Emotional Development
- Parent Involvement and Support
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.
BackgroundFrom 2005 through 2009, First 5 California created and implemented the Power of Preschool (PoP) program for three- and four-year-olds in low-performing school districts. From its inception as a demonstration project in nine counties, PoP provided quality enhancement funding to raise the standards for public and private preschool programs. To promote quality preschool experiences, local programs were required to meet criteria in four main categories: 1) program; 2) teaching staff; 3) policy and fiscal characteristics; and 4) family partnerships. Building on success of PoP, evaluation of the PoP program, and results from the national education model, in October 2011, the First 5 California Children and Families Commission approved up to $45 million per fiscal year for the CSP. In order to successfully achieve the goals of the CSP, the various strands of the CSP were initiated through a series of three Requests for Application (RFAs).
Early Education Effectiveness Exchange (E4) Learning Academy
- What is the E4? (6-24-13)
CSP Data Collection Guidebook (Posted 4-9-13)
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.