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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.
Important Notice: Programs Moved to CDSS

While the California Department of Education continues to operate the California State Preschool Program, the Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SV) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of many childcare programs from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may include programs that have moved to CDSS. For additional assistance you can either visit the CDSS Child Care Transition web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

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

Quality Counts California

Quality Counts California (CA)

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.

Quality Rating and Improvement System Block Grants

The QRIS Block Grants are intended to build on the local QRIS efforts of current lead agencies and their consortia. Since 2012, a committed group of counties has 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.

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 Learning and Care Division | PSQRISBG@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 18, 2021
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