Since 2006, First 5 San Francisco has made strategic investments to establish a system of training, technical assistance, and coaching that supports 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 this work through San Francisco’s local quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The QRIS monitors the quality of the city’s child care centers and family child care homes and supports them in achieving the highest standards of quality.
The promise of early care and education hinges on quality; children and families only benefit if the quality of care is high. Therefore, we must invest in both expanded access and improved quality. As more young children of increasing diversity enroll in early care and education programs, the educators who work with them need resources and support to provide the highest quality care possible. For this reason, we are committed to continuing and increasing efforts to expand active use of the QRIS. We believe this will result in more providers reaching higher standards of quality, which will translate into more children ready for school.