• Quality Counts Madera Logo with five shildren holding hands in front of the sun What is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)?

    A QRIS is a framework for a rating and improvement system that utilizes tools and resources to access and improve the quality of early learning programs, including the following:

    • Quality standards
    • A process for supporting quality improvement
    • Provision of incentives
    • A process for monitoring standards
    • Dissemination of information to parents and the public about program quality

    Why a QRIS?

    Research demonstrates high-quality early learning programs provide the following:

    • Improve young children’s development
    • Improve health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes
    • Enhance school readiness
    • Help close the school readiness gap
    • Increase parents’ understanding and demand for higher quality early care and education.
    • Increase professional development opportunities, benchmarks, and rewards for a range of early care and education practitioners and providers.
    • Develop a roadmap for aligning many pieces of the early care and education system, such as child care licensing, prekindergarten and Head Start program oversight, national program accreditation, early learning guidelines, subsidy administration, technical assistance, training, quality initiatives, professional development systems, and others.