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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.

Annual Data Collection

Site-level common data report for each county or regional consortia for CA-QRIS accountability and performance monitoring.


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
FY 2017–18 CSPP QRIS Block Grant RFA


Infant/Toddler (I/T) QRIS Block Grant

The funds in the amount of $10.3 million in federal Child Care and Development Funds 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 continue the work initiated by the provisions of Senate Bill 97 (Chapter 11, Statutes of 2015) of the 2015–16 Annual Budget Act, Section 77, Budget Item 6100-194-0001, Schedule (12), Provision 17 which is Appendix B3.

FY 2015-16 I/T QRIS Block Grant RFA
FY 2017-18 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: Thursday, December 7, 2017
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