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    Yolo Quality Counts

    What is a QRIS?

    Nearly every state in the nation has either launched or is developing, a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to improve the quality of early care and education for children. A QRIS helps programs to improve by measuring current levels of quality against research-backed standards. In California, these standards tie to:

    • Child observation
    • Developmental and health screenings
    • Teacher and administrator qualifications
    • Teacher-child interactions
    • Teacher-child ratios and group size, and
    • Program environment.

    Quality Counts California – Raising the Quality of Early Learning and Care

    Quality Counts California is a statewide system of locally-implemented quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), which helps to connect parents and families to high-quality early learning and care programs, and ensures that infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children have quality early learning experiences in their local communities. Quality Counts California also provides resources and support to early learning and care providers so they can create nourishing and effective early learning and care programs that will help children to grow and thrive.

    Why does quality matter?

    High-quality early learning and care programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Research continues to show that children in quality early learning and care programs are more likely to succeed in school and less likely to drop out, need remedial education, or end up in prison.

    YOLO Quality Counts

    The Quality Rating Improvement System(QRIS) is a grant-funded approach to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality care in early care and education programs in Yolo County. The YCOE QRIS goal is to support children 0-5 and their families engage in the early learning process to ensure all children enter school with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be successful in life.

    The Yolo County QRIS helps to guide and improve the quality of care and education by measuring current levels of quality against the researched-backed standards of:

    • The California Preschool Learning Foundations
    • The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
    • The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS)
    • The Desired Results Developmental Profile for Preschool (DRDP)The tiered ratings are determined by:
    • Child observations
    • Developmental and health screenings
    • Teacher-child interactions
    • Teacher-child ratio’s and group size
    • Classroom environments
    • Teacher and administrator qualifications

    HOW TO APPLY:

    For more information about the Yolo County QRIS program and an application, please contact Gail Nadal,            Director of Early Childhood Education at gail.nadal@ycoe.org or (530) 668-3773.