CCDAA Advocacy Day
January Member of the Month
Quality Children’s Services
A few years ago, an acquaintance googled Amory Ramirez and found her information in the United States of America’s Congressional Record. It describes Amory’s first 20 years of professional experience with various positions as a migrant education community aide, preschool teacher, site supervisor, program director, and associate executive director; these positions were held mostly with the Encinitas Union School District and the YMCA of the East Bay. Amory Ramirez is now the President, CEO, and co-founder of Quality Children Services (QCS).
In 1998, Amory and four minority women pursued a dream to establish their own agency that would provide quality services for children and families, and empower child development leaders while maintaining a fiscally sound agency; thus they established the nonprofit Quality Children’s Services. The first QCS office was maintained with merely a phone and fax machine on the floor of a small room. QCS soon received their first state contract in 1998 to serve families in San Diego County; this launched an exciting adventure opening programs while developing fiscal credentials for QCS.
QCS now operates 17 child development centers throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Madera, Modoc, Riverside, and San Diego. Each center is special because of the unique needs of each community such as Newell CDC in Modoc County because it serves the needs of the agricultural working families. Amory was especially proud with the opening of a state funded program in Madera, California. This was a project of the heart because, “I have family roots in Madera” says Amory. QCS will soon be opening an additional four programs in the counties of Madera, Riverside and San Diego.
Amory shares that the most rewarding moment in her career reoccurs each time she visits special events at each center. The joyful sounds of children in a safe, nurturing and learning environment; the parents happily taking photos of their child(ren); and parents and staff working together to make a special event unforgettable. Amory humbly says, “When I see happy children, proud families, and dedicated staff, I think ‘this is why we do what we do. This makes it all worth it.’”