Quality Counts San Mateo County is helping raise the quality of early learning programs so that San Mateo County’s young children get the excellent early learning experiences they need for a bright future. Learn more on the Quality Counts San Mateo County website.

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.

The QRIS National Learning Network provides information on the use of QRIS throughout the country. 

Additional Information

Sarah Kinahan

Coordinator, Child Care Partnership Council

Email: skinahan@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5647