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Quality Rating Improvement System

What is QRIS?

 A QRIS is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, QRIS award quality ratings to early and school-age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards.

 By participating in the State’s QRIS, early and school-age care providers embark on a path of continuous quality improvement. Even providers that have met the standards of the lowest QRIS levels have achieved a level of quality that is beyond the minimum requirements to operate.

Rating scale is:

Tier 1 - Emerging Quality – Rising Star

  • Licensed and in good Standing

 Tier 2 - Emerging Quality – Progressing Star

  • Exceeds Licensing regulations
  • Basic quality improvement practices

 Tier 3 - Quality

  • Exceeds Licensing regulations
  • Basic quality improvement practices
  • Uses valid and reliable screening tools
  • Regularly performs assessments (program environment and classroom interactions)

 Tier 4 - Quality Plus

  • Exceeds Licensing regulations
  • Basic quality improvement practices
  • Uses valid and reliable screening tools
  • Regularly performs assessments (program environment and classroom interactions)
  • Teachers and program directors with degrees in child development

Tier 5 – Highest Quality

  • Exceeds Licensing regulations
  • Consistently implements quality improvement practices
  • Uses valid and reliable screening tools (ASQ, DRDP, ECERS, CLASS)
  • Regularly performs assessments (program environment and classroom interactions)
  • Teachers and program directors with advanced qualifications in child development

 School site ratings are:

  • Alpha Preschool - Rating: 4 - Quality Plus
  • Chavez Preschool - Rating: 4 - Quality Plus
  • Madison Preschool - Rating: 4 - Quality Plus
  • Millivew Preschool - Rating: 5 - Hightest Quality
  • Monroe Preschool - Rating: 5 - Highest Quality
  • Nishimoto Preschool - Rating: 5 Highest Quality
  • Parkwood Preschool - Rating: 5 - Highest Quality
  • Pershing Preschool - Rating: 5 - Highest Quality
  • Sierra Vista Preschool - Rating: 4 - Quality Plus
  • Virginia Lee Rose - Not rated as it opened in November 2017
  • Washington Preschool - Rating: 4 - Quality Plus