Welcome to QEES at HCC!

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Quality Early Education System

The Quality Early Education System (QEES) is generously funded by The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in partnership with Hillsborough Community College. Program funding supports QEES in offering essential services to early childhood educators, students and families.

Funded by The Children's Board of Hillsborough County, in partnership with CALM, ELM & HCC

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Business Management & Operations

This program provides support and services focused on organizational and operational management to all licensed childcare facilities and family child care homes in Hillsborough County. Services include Program Administration Assessment, Mentoring and Support, Professional Development and an 8-week intensive course.

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QEES - Pathways


Pathways offers continuing education, professional development, and on-site coaching on the foundations of early childhood education. Pathways is designed to assist providers with the effective implementation of quality, developmentally appropriate, early education programming. Coaches support center directors, owners, and personnel in selecting and using educational materials and curriculum.


The Riolands

Cherika and Jonathan Rioland are the proud owners and directors of Safe and Sound Learning Center. Although they are a young center, they have hit the ground running focusing on providing the highest quality of care for their children in their community. At Safe and Sound Learning Center growth and development are a priority beginning with their youngest in the infant classroom to their thriving preschoolers. Their staff work as a family to enrich the lives of their children and give them the best possible educational head start they can.