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Quality Rating and Improvement System

A Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.

A quality rating and improvement system provides a framework for defining high quality early care and education centers and family child care homes.

California QRIS

California QRIS (CA-QRIS)

California has a collective of county and regional QRISs. Each QRIS in California:

  • Assesses program quality comparably across provider types (publicly and privately funded, centers and family child care homes) throughout the state;
  • Aligns program standards with early learning and practitioner standards;
  • Supports continuous quality improvement for participating programs and their staff;
  • Provides families with information about program quality to assist them in making informed choices.


California State Preschool Program (CSPP) QRIS Block Grant

The CSPP QRIS Block Grant and its $50 million is intended to build on the local QRIS efforts of current lead agencies and their consortia and to raise the quality of CSPP. Since 2012, a committed group of counties piloted, extensively invested in, and enhanced the state’s current QRIS for all counties. The state’s initial Consortia continually worked to ensure that high-quality early education standards in QRIS strived to improve child outcomes.

CSPP QRIS Block Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

FY 2014-15 CSPP QRIS Block Grant RFA
FY 2015-16 CSPP QRIS Block Grant RFA
FY 2016-17 CSPP QRIS Block Grant RFA


Infant/Toddler (I/T) QRIS Block Grant

The funds in the amount of $24.163 million have been appropriated for the purpose of QRIS consortia to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to help infant and toddler child care providers meet a higher tier of quality as determined by their local QRIS rating matrix. The California Department of Education (CDE) envisions that a local consortium will use the QRIS Block Grant to support local early learning programs and increase the number of low-income infants and toddlers in high quality early learning programs. This application provides a means to meet the provisions of Assembly Bill 123 Section 77, which is Appendix C.

FY 2015-16 I/T QRIS Block Grant RFA


Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge
The Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) focuses on improving California early learning and development programs and increases access to high-quality programs for high-needs children.


California Early Learning Quality Improvement System

The California Early Learning Quality Improvement System (CAEL QIS) Advisory Committee was established out of a broad legislative partnership to help create a framework to improve the quality of early learning and care programs for children from birth to five years old.

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | PSQRISBG@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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