Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Participation
The QRIS Participation is an indicator of the type of quality child care available to children and families (if any).
The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a method for rating the quality of child care for a child receiving subsidized care.
Although the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 mandates that all state funded child development programs implement certain elements of quality, including assessments such as the Environment Rating Scales and the Desired Results Developmental Profile, there is no uniform quality improvement or QRIS currently in place in California. Some local entities are just beginning their quality improvement efforts whereas others have had more formal systems in place. They range from locally determined quality improvement efforts such as those implemented by the First 5 Commissions in each county, to a formal QRIS like the one in place in Los Angeles County. A QRIS is a set of ratings graduated by level of quality and used to assess early learning and care programs. It may provide workforce development, financial incentives to participants, and other supports to improve quality. Local entities using a QRIS may have adapted their own to an existing QRIS or created their own tiered rating systems which are different from one another. For Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, tiers 1, 3 and 4 are common.
Where to Find It
Contact your Program Director to determine whether your agency is participating in a QRIS. If your agency is operating in a local QRIS but you do not participate or are not eligible, the information is still required. If your agency is participating, the QRIS certification will reflect your rating. To determine if there is a QRIS operating in your area, go to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Regional Leadership Consortia Contact List web page to view currently participating organizations and their contact information.
Rules and Guidelines
- This information is required.
- Please select one answer from the list of choices below. The number preceding each answer (0, 1, 7, or 8) is the code that must be entered in the upload file.
0 - No. Provider is eligible but does not participate in QRIS.
1 - Yes. Provider does participate in a QRIS.
7 - The State has an operating QRIS in the provider's area, but the provider is not eligible to participate.
8 - The State does not have an operating QRIS in the provider's area.
Error Messages and Solutions
The QRIS Participation is required. [801A File Transfer], [801A Web Input]
The QRIS Participation information is missing.
Review upload file or review CDD-801A Web Input/Edit screen to ensure this information has been provided.
"QRIS Participation" must be a valid one digit participation code: 0, 1, 7, or 8. [801A File Transfer]
The QRIS Participation information provided is not one of the valid choices.
Confirm the upload file contains one of the choices listed above.
When the child's services are provided in a license-exempt home setting, the answer to QRIS Participation can only be '7" or "8. [801A File Transfer], [801A Web Input], [801B]
The setting for the provider indicates the services were provided in a license-exempt home and you selected an answer to this question that does not apply. License-exempt home providers are not eligible to participate in the QRIS.
For license-exempt providers, the only acceptable answer to the QRIS Participation question is "7" or "8."
FAQs About QRIS Participation
How do I know if our agency participates in a QRIS?
Each local QRIS will provide a participating agency with documentation of its rating.
How do I know if we are eligible to participate in a QRIS?
An eligible provider is a licensed center or licensed family child care home. Exceptions to the licensing requirement are tribal-approved child care programs and military installation child care programs, who have volunteered to participate in the local QRIS. For more information on QRIS eligibility, go to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Leadership Consortia Contact List web page.
Many of our providers are licensed-exempt in-home/outside home providers. How would we answer this question for these providers?
Depending on whether there is an operating QRIS in the provider's area, you would choose as follows:
If there is a QRIS operating in the provider's area, choose answer "7 - The State has an operating QRIS in the provider's area, but the provider is not eligible to participate."
If there is no QRIS operating in the provider's area, choose answer "8 - The State does not have an operating QRIS in the provider's area."