Quality Rating and Improvement SystemA 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 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.
- CA-QRIS Common Data File (PDF) Updated 5/12/17
- CA-QRIS Common Data File Upload Validation Rules for FY 2016–17 (PDF)
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)
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.
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.