What does quality mean to you? Why and how is quality important to you? Find statewide and national resources here with facts and compelling statistics on the impact of Quality Counts California on children, families, and early educators.
How can Quality Counts California meet the state’s diverse needs?
Quality Counts California recognizes that, given the size of California and the diversity of its communities, a one-size-fits-all approach to rating and improving program quality is not appropriate. So, while there are common elements across local QRISs, such as the basic program standards used in assessing program quality, those developing and managing a QRIS have also been given the flexibility to tailor to their local needs and resources.
How has Quality Counts California made an impact on quality early learning and care programs?
Since 1999, more and more states have been implementing statewide quality improvement initiatives. As of fall 2017, 42 states and districts had at least one quality improvement initiative, including quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) (see Quality Compendium).
Since fall 2017, 43 out of 44 quality initiatives across the nation included information on quality improvement and recognition of the mission and goals of a QRIS. See an overview of QRIS mission and goals.
To help state and territory policymakers understand the costs associated with high-quality early care and education, the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement developed the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator.
Compelling statistics on the impact of Quality Counts California
The data source for the statistics below includes the Quality Counts California data file, annual performance report for consortia, annual performance report for hubs, and partner survey.