Since 2006, First 5 has made strategic investments to establish a system of training, technical assistance, and coaching that supported early education programs to reflect on their own strengths and challenges and partner with experts to systematically improve quality. Today, in partnership with providers, public and private organizations, and the California Department of Education, we continue our work building pathways to quality through the local Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
The promise of early care and education (ECE) hinges on quality; children and families only benefit if the quality of care is high. Therefore, we must invest both in expanded access and improved quality. We cannot simply mandate that more young children, of increasing diversity, enroll in childcare without supporting the educators who will work with them. Support for quality is an essential component of enhancing access. For this reason, we are committed to continuing and increasing efforts to expand active use of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). We believe this will result in more providers reaching higher standards of quality which will translate into more children ready for school. In partnership with the California Department of Education, First 5 is developing and testing a new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to monitor the quality of the city’s child care centers and family child care homes and support them in achieving the highest standards of quality.