About Us

What we do

Quality Counts is a voluntary improvement system that reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards. We offer supports and incentives to help providers reach their goals and improve the quality of early care and education programs in Miami-Dade County.

Quality Counts is designed and funded by The Children’s Trust in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. It is administered in collaboration with Florida International University, Family Central Inc., Devereux Florida, The Children’s Forum, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development, Citrus Health Network, Web-Based Early Learning System, Advocacy Network on Disabilities, and the University of Florida.

Quality Counts Partners

The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is the primary funder of Quality Counts as well as many other early childhood programs throughout the county and collaborate with Quality Counts partners in determining the design and strategic planning of Quality Counts.

Rachel Spector

Senior Program Manager

Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe County

The Early Learning Coalition is the organization that implements Quality Counts in collaboration with The Children’s Trust and provides countywide training to support each component of the Quality Counts Standards.

Fiorella Altare Christie

Director of Quality Counts

Devereux Florida

Devereux Florida is the agency responsible for conducting all formal assessments for Quality Counts programs. Their team of Author Reliable Assessors is trained on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale as well as the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

Vittoria Decaria

Early Childhood Program Manager

Florida International University

Florida International University offers technical assistance, career advising, and accreditation support to Quality Counts providers in the southern part of Miami-Dade County.

Alison Gonzalez

Quality Improvement Manager

Family Central

Family Central, Inc. offers technical assistance, career advising, accreditation support, and child mental health supports to Quality Counts providers in the northern part of Miami-Dade County.

Amye Hamoui

Quality Improvement Manager

United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education

United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education offers technical assistance, career advising, and accreditation support to Quality Counts providers in the central part of Miami-Dade County.

Corina Febres Cordero

Senior Manager, Quality Counts-Neighborhood Learning Network

The Children’s Forum

The Children’s Forum administers the Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA Project, and the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program.

Dasiely Marrero

Director of Quality Counts Career Center

University of Miami Mailman Center

University of Miami Mailman Center provides child mental health supports for the southern region of Miami-Dade County.

Dr. Ruby Natale

Associate Professor

Citrus Health Network

Citrus Health Network provides child mental health supports for the central region of Miami-Dade County.

Jackie Romillo

Early Childhood Development Administrator

Advocacy Network on Disabilities

The Advocacy Network on Disabilities offers specialized inclusion supports to select programs serving children with disabilities throughout Miami-Dade County. Follow-up support is provided to the programs served and families to ensure children receive appropriate services.

Helene J. Good

President & CEO

University of Florida

The University of Florida provides an apprenticeship experience and on-going coaching to Quality Improvement Specialists, specifically focused on designing and facilitating Communities of Practice. Follow-up support is provided in-person and virtually throughout the year.

Philip Poekert

Assistant Director