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QRIS Resource Guide


Great Start to Quality uses more than 40 different criteria under five Quality Standards to rate child care and preschool programs to ensure that Michigan's youngest children have high-quality early learning experiences. Programs in the voluntary QRIS are ranked from Zero Stars (program meets licensing requirements) to Five Stars (program demonstrates highest quality).

Michigan Contacts

QRIS Name: Great Start to Quality

Organization: Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start

Web Site:

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

Data Collection and Evaluation

Michigan's Online Platform

STARS is Michigan’s Great Start to Quality QRIS on-line platform, developed by Mosaic, Inc.  Licensed and registered programs and providers interact with the platform to complete their Self-Assessment Survey, upload evidence documents, develop a Quality Improvement Plan, and access Resources.  Administrative users validate Self-Assessment Surveys and complete observations, log technical assistance efforts, and perform monitoring functions. STARS also offers administrative users reporting capabilities such as, ‘at-a-glance’ summary information, click-button reports and export reports.  Housing all functions on one platform supports Great Start to Quality to streamline each component of the QRIS.   Additional information is available at