Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
County Program Profile: Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Consortium
Time Period: 2018–2019
QRIS :: Quality Counts North State
North State’s voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) serves programs in seven counties and is administered by the Shasta County Office of Education and First 5 Shasta. Since 2019, more than 162 QRIS sites have been rated and/or received support to improve quality. The North State QRIS has two participation levels and measures several elements of program quality including Child Development and School Readiness, Teachers and Teaching, and Program and Environment. Participating programs may be eligible to receive up to $2,500 per site to pay for education expenses, training, materials, coaching, and more!
County Contact Information
- CDE QRIS Block and Infant Toddler grant (Shasta COE)
- IMPACT lead (First 5 Shasta)
- First 5 Modoc
- Modoc County Office of Education
- Glenn County Office of Education
- Glenn County First 5
- Butte Glenn Community College
- Shasta College
- Shasta Head Start/Early Head Start
- Early Foundations Children’s Academy Private Preschool
- Cozy Kids Family Child Care
- Lassen County Office of Education Coordinator Collaborator (In-Kind)
Process to Outreach/Onboard Programs and Providers
Quality Counts North State (QCNS) uses a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. Early childhood education providers interested in joining QCNS can apply online at https://www.qualitycountsnorthstate.com. The Local Coordinator in each county can help by answering any questions. Contact information for each county’s Local Coordinator can be found on the QCNS website. Once a provider has applied, the Local Coordinator will contact them to schedule an orientation and get them started on their quality journey.
Quality Improvement Program Support Strategies
By participating in Quality Counts North State (QCNS), early care and education providers embark on a path of continuous quality improvement. QCNS participants are eligible for all professional development training offered by QCNS and by the Region 2 Hub. Once a provider has completed an application to join QCNS, they will receive a Quality Counts Orientation from QCNS staff. They then begin monthly mentor coach visits. The mentor coach will help the provider explore potential areas for improvement and develop a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). Mentor coaches continue to meet with providers on a regular basis to monitor progress toward QIP goals and to help establish new goals toward quality improvement.
Local Approach to Offering Financial Incentives and Stipends
Quality Counts North State (QCNS) participants are eligible to receive allocation funds and stipends that can be used for professional development expenses, training costs, travel costs, and continuing education costs including registration and course fees and required books.
Dear Quality Counts North State, Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful program. The QRIS program has been substantial in providing enrichment to our children in our program. The quality toys that I have been able to purchase with the grant from the QRIS program has enabled me to fulfill my backyard play space for the children in my care for all areas of their development. Large and small motor development. Science, dramatic play, literacy, music, art and math.Family Child Care Provider
An Administrator from Glenn County Office of Education shared: Dear Quality Counts North State, The grant we received has been a wonderful help to our childcare program. In the past we had very little money for new toys or materials; the grant has provided our facilities with up-to-date toys and books for the children. We are also very pleased that our teachers are receiving regular mentoring sessions. We have already seen positive effects from the mentoring sessions. Thank you.