Providing our Children Access to Higher Quality Child Care
The early care and education community has been working to improve the quality of care and education for children for many years. Santa Barbara County’s participation in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant brings additional resources to our community, $1.1 million over 4 years, but even more importantly it gives us the opportunity to launch a Quality Rating System that will recognize programs that meet quality standards that are known to make a difference for children.
A QRIS Quality Rating and Improvement System) is designed to evaluate individual early learning programs on common standards such as the learning environment, teacher effectiveness, and parent engagement. Programs receive a star rating similar to what you see when you look at hotel and restaurant reviews. More stars reflect higher levels of quality. For families, QRIS will give them a tool for making the best decisions for their child’s early learning and care. For providers QRIS is a clear path to improve quality.
First 5 Santa Barbara County is the lead organization for the Race to the Top grant and will be working in partnership with the early care and education community to develop a QRIS for the county.
Santa Barbara’s local QRIS project.
Resources and Information about QRIS systems
What is a Quality Rating and Improvement System
Contact us about Quality Counts:
Call us: 805.739.8740 Fax: 805.739.8747
Email us at: QualityCounts@countyofsb.org
Mail us at: First 5 Santa Barbara County - Quality Counts / QRIS, 218 West Carmen Lane, Suite 111 - Santa Maria, CA 93458