Example I of QM Site ReportRatings for the 95 programs participating in our new quality child care rating and improvement system (QRIS) called Quality Matters are now posted. These 95 programs include both center-based care and family child care programs and provide care for about 3,500 children. Most are located in low-income communities.

Quality Matters programs are rated using a scale of one to five on elements including:

  • Providing positive, engaging teacher-child interactions
  • Providing a safe, healthy and stimulating environment
  • Teacher training and qualifications
  • Using recommended assessments to check if children are learning new skills and developing on track
  • Ratio and class size (Centers only)

Program reports show the overall ratings for each site as well as how the program scored on each element listed above.

Ratings of “3” or above mean providers have met quality standards and benchmarks. Sites are rated every two years and receive intensive coaching, training, financial incentives and support to maintain or improve ratings.

QRIS_2016_RatingsOf the 95 programs rated, nearly all meet quality standards. An impressive 76% received the highest two ratings.

“Quality Matters is improving the quality of child care in our county, especially for low-income children – kids who benefit most, but are the least likely to receive it,” said Sean Casey, Executive Director of First 5 Contra Costa. “Our rating system helps providers focus on which elements of quality to improve and makes it easier for parents to identify quality programs.”

First 5 Contra Costa developed Quality Matters with the Contra Costa Child Care Council, Contra Costa County Office of Education Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education, and Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, and Los Medanos Community Colleges.

Learn more about Quality Matters in this recent EdSource article or by visiting qualitychildcarematters.org.