Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Quality Counts California

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) information in California.

The goal of QRIS is to ensure that children in California have access to high quality programs so that they thrive in their early learning settings and succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Quality Counts California (QCC) (formerly CA-QRIS) Consortium strives to improve the quality of early learning with a focus in three areas of program quality: child development and readiness for school; teachers and teaching; and program and environment quality.

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.

CA-QRIS Regional Representatives

CA-QRIS Implementation Guide (PDF)

CA-QRIS Quality Continuum Framework Rating Matrix With Elements and Points for Consortia Common Tiers 1, 3, and 4 | PDF

CA-QRIS Quality Continuum Framework Continuous Quality Improvement Pathways Matrix | PDF

October 2016 CA-QRIS Consortium Meeting (PDF; 1MB)

QCC 2016-17 Certification Grant

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | CA-QRIS@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 5, 2018
Recently Posted in Child Development
  • CDMIS Update #19 (added 20-Feb-2018)
    Child Development Management Information System (CDMIS) update 19.
  • CCFRF FY 2016-17 Annual Legislative Report (added 16-Jan-2018)
    CCFRF FY 2016-17 Annual Report - Legislative Report
  • Video Recording of Session 2 (added 08-Jan-2018)
    Video recording of session 2 of the Child Care and Development Fund State Plan Fiscal Year 2019-21 Topical Input Sessions regarding License Exempt Monitoring.
  • Video Recording of Session 1 (added 08-Jan-2018)
    Video recording of session 1 of the Child Care and Development Fund State Plan Fiscal Year 2019-21 Topical Input Sessions regarding the Market Rate Survey, payment practices, and timeliness of payments.