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QRIS Resource Guide


A large portion of California’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTTT-ELC) grant funding will be spent at the local level to support a voluntary network of 17 Regional Leadership Consortia(Consortia), each led by an established organization that is already operating or developing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). By joining California’s RTTT-ELC effort, the Consortia voluntarily agree to align their local QRIS to a common “Quality Continuum Framework” and implement three common quality levels in addition to any locally-determined levels. 

California Contacts

Organization: California Department of Education

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QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Quality Assurance and Monitoring

Programs in Fresno County, CA, Upload Evidence into QRIS Database

In California, the Fresno County QRIS (Fresno County Early Stars) uses Mosaic as their QRIS database. Early Stars programs upload required information into the STARS database, such as lead teacher and director transcripts, copies of degrees and/or permits, and professional development certificates. Early Stars Administrators review and verify all the program data in the STARS database. A rating is generated based upon this information as well as information that is verified during an onsite visit.