Quality Start OC is Orange County's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)- a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early learning programs. Participating sites are assessed every two years, and are assigned an overall rating of 1-5 stars. Download the rating matrix for family child care, or for centers below:
QRIS Rating Matrix FCC.pdf
QRIS Rating Matrix Centers.pdf
Who Participates in Quality Start OC QRIS?
Over 380 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 other settings that serve young children. Participants receive free coaching, training, and incentives to support continuous quality improvement. Interested in joining? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Can Families Use Quality Start OC QRIS Ratings?
All sites participating in QRIS receive detailed site rating reports, which are published on our Quality Start OC website at www.QualityStartOC.com. Families can find information about choosing high-quality preschool, search by city for QRIS rated sites, and download QRIS rating reports. Participants of Quality Start OC are provided with signage to help them advertise their particpation and commitment to quality.
How Does QRIS Improve Quality?
QRIS is raising the bar for quality across Orange County early education programs by identifying and measuring a common set of quality standards. Since QRIS was implemented in 2012, we have seen:
- Increased teacher education
- Improved classroom instruction
- Increased screenings and referrals to early intervention services