We’re now accepting NEW participants for Quality Matters 2017-2018.
More than a hundred licensed child care programs in Contra Costa County are participating in our Quality Matters, child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), to assess and improve child care quality.
In a QRIS system, child care programs are rated and earn points for various elements of quality, such as teacher-child ratios, teacher qualifications, the program’s environment and activities, and teacher-child interactions. QRIS systems are being implemented throughout the country. In California, 16 counties are piloting a QRIS system with funding provided by federal and state grants.
Most of the sites participating in our QRIS pilot are located in low-income communities or serve children with high needs, a requirement of the grants provided. Each site receives support and technical assistance to improve their ratings, including training, coaching, site quality improvement, and financial incentives as quality improvement grants.
Three groups of providers have been invited to participate in the program. Ratings will be published for each group as they become available. Our pilot will test the validity of California’s rating tool. Expanding the QRIS to all licensed child care programs will take significant state or federal funding.