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Quality Start OC

​Quality Start OC is Orange County's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS): A systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the importance of quality in early learning programs. Quality Start OC is operated by the Orange County Department of Education, Early Learning Services, and is funded through grants from the California Department of Education, First 5 CA, and First 5 OC. 

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Who Participates in Quality Start OC?

Over 500 early learning programs in Orange County participate in Quality Start OC, including school district, non-profit, faith-based, and private centers, family child care homes, and community partners that serve young children. Participants receive free coaching, training, and incentives to support continuous quality improvement. Interested in joining? Email us at

Quality Start OC provides no-cost professional learning opportunities that are open to all Orange County early educators. Click here for our Professional Learning Listings​.​


   Program Contacts

Jannell Violi​, Coordinator  (714) 327-8195

Catherine Da​rker, Coordinator  (714) 327-1040

Jami Eyre​, Program Specialist (714) 708-5883

Viviana Jelinek, Program Specialist  (714) 966-4046

Susan Shepardson​, Program Specialist (714) 966-4139

Alex Yang​, Program Specialist (714) 966-4264

Roderic West, Program Data Technician  (714) 966-4419   ​