Quality Consultant Team

The Project CHILD Quality Consultant Team offers child care programs free services to assist with the quality of care.

The Quality Consultant Team consists of:

Jamie Nichols

Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist

nicholsj@rlc.edu

  • Offers consultation and technical assistance services
  • Assists with developing and implementing continuous quality improvement plans
  • Provides guidance in understanding and using assessment tools, including the Environment Rating Scales (ITERS-R and FCCERS-R)
  • Provides training on the ITERS-R and FCCERS-R
  • Offers training on topics such as, but not limited to, biting, toilet teaching, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death, curriculum, meaningful interactions, infant/toddler environments, etc.

Julie Short

Mental Health Consultant

jshortlcsw@hotmail.com

  • Offers consultation and technical assistance services
  • Offers training on topics such as, but not limited to, behavioral issues, trauma, interactions, working with families, etc.
  • Conducts site visits to child care programs
  • Provides referrals to outside agencies in the social and mental health areas based on individual needs

Courtney Hatcher

Quality Specialist

hatcherc@rlc.edu

  • Offers consultation and technical assistance to child care programs in the Quality Recognition and Improvement process, including developing and implementing continuous quality improvement plans
  • Provides guidance in understanding and using assessment tools, including the Environment Rating Scales (FCCERS-R, ITERS-R, ECERS-3, SACERS-U) and the Business Administration Scale and Program Administration Scale
  • Provides training for ExceleRate Illinois, as well as for the assessment tools
  • Offers training on topics such as, but not limited to, family child care record-keeping, family child care environments, family child care curriculum, multi-age groupings, planning for multi-age groupings, etc.
  • Provides training, support and technical assistance to programs during licensing and start-up

Paula Schnicker-Johnson

Quality Specialist

johnsonp@rlc.edu

  • Offers consultation and technical assistance to child care programs in the Quality Recognition and Improvement process, including developing and implementing continuous quality improvement plans
  • Provides guidance in understanding and using assessment tools, including the Environment Rating Scales (ITERS-R, ECERS-3, SACERS-U, FCCERS-R) and the Program Administration Scale and Business Administration Scale
  • Provides training for ExceleRate Illinois, as well as for the assessment tools
  • Offers training on topics such as, but not limited to, preschool curriculum, early childhood environments, meaningful interactions, outdoor curriculum, eco-healthy environments, Shaken Baby Syndrome, healthy children, physical activity, etc.
  • Coordinates and provides training throughout the service delivery area on a variety of early childhood topics