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Quality Counts California Consortium

The Quality Counts California (formerly CA–QRIS) Consortium is a continuation of the work done through California’s Federal Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT–ELC) grant. The RTT–ELC grant charged Regional Leadership Consortia with incorporating a locally driven quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) to improve the quality of early learning programs throughout the state.

As California’s RTT–ELC transitions into Quality Counts California, the Consortium now includes representatives from all counties and regions implementing a QRIS, including:

  • California State Preschool Program (CSPP) QRIS Block Grantee
  • Infant/Toddler QRIS Block Grantees
  • First 5 IMPACT Lead Agencies

The Quality Counts California Consortium is also supported by the State Support Team, which includes staff from the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, and First 5 California. Since 2016, the Consortium has been addressing issues pertaining to the implementation of QRIS, training and technical assistance infrastructure, and strategies for messaging the value of high-quality early learning and care to families and the public.

Additionally, Consortium members are participating in four (4) workgroups associated with Quality Counts California: Rating Matrix, Pathways, Evaluation, and Communications. These workgroups, in conjunction with the State Support Team, are charged with addressing issues and concerns regarding the different elements of California’s QRIS system. You can find a list of workgroup members here.

Below you will find documents related to upcoming and previous Consortium meetings (e.g., agendas, PowerPoint slides, etc.), the QRIS Quality Continuum Framework (Rating Matrix, Continuous Quality Improvement Pathways, Consortia Implementation Guide), and QRIS evaluation notices.

You can also find our Master Calendar here, which lists the various Consortium and workgroup meetings, national and state-level early childhood conferences, and other QRIS-related meetings.

If you have questions related to Quality Counts California, or you would like to join the Consortium distribution list, please e-mail the State Support Team at

Quality Counts CA Consortium Documents

Additional QRIS Resources

PD2GO (Professional Development 2 Go)

PD2GO (Professional Development 2 Go) is a collection of professional development designed in individual, easy-to-use 15-minute "packs" focusing on continuous quality improvement in early learning programs. PD2GO packs are organized in three comprehensive learning strands: Systems Thinking, Intentional Interactions in Teaching, and Effective Assessment. They create a foundation for weaving in additional quality improvement topics such as family engagement, dual language learning, and coaching in early learning.

For more information, visit the PD2GO page.

First 5 IMPACT

First 5 IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive) is an innovative approach that forges partnerships between First 5 California and counties to achieve the goal of helping children ages 0 to 5 and their families thrive by increasing the number of high-quality early learning settings, including supporting and engaging families in the early learning process. Supporting more settings to achieve high-quality standards helps ensure more of California's children enter school with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be successful. This provides families the information and support they need to promote and optimize their children's development and learning, both inside and outside the home.

In April 2015, the First 5 California Commission approved $190 million in funding to support First 5 IMPACT. Currently, 48 Lead Agencies (which include all 58 counties) are participating in First 5 IMPACT. For additional information, please see the links below regarding Lead Agency contacts, funding amounts, application forms and program resources.

If you have questions, please e-mail the First 5 IMPACT Team at or by calling 916-263-1050.

First 5 IMPACT Documents

Statewide Training and Technical Assistance

Quality Counts California System of Support
First 5 California (F5CA), the California Department of Education (CDE) Early Education Support Division (EESD), and WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies (WestEd) are working together to lead development of quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) statewide training and technical assistance (T&TA) infrastructure components to promote quality and consistency across Quality Counts California (QCCA).

Support for Quality Improvement
High quality early childhood educators are the key to quality early learning settings. California’s plan for Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through age 8 (TWB8), addresses what it will take to build a professional learning system that will ensure the early care and education (ECE) workforce has the skills, support, and pathways for growth to give our youngest children the strongest start in life.
The following activities will support the ECE workforce to engage in continuous quality improvement:
  • Coach Certification and Training to ensure coaches across California possess skills and competencies that promote quality practices in early learning environments.
  • Training and Trainer Approval Process will define minimum quality standards for trainings that meet the QCCA requirements. Approved trainings will build on the California Early Childhood Educator Competencies and will support how adults best learn, thus increasing the likelihood that professional development will enable early educators to attain the skills to provide quality care.
  • Family Engagement training will build on local practices and help early educators integrate relationship-based family engagement strategies into their everyday practice.
  • Communities of Practice are designed to nurture and strengthen the capacity of administrators, implementers, and other early childhood leaders to apply continuous quality improvement (CQI) practices into their daily work, share effective strategies, and develop countywide, regional, and statewide efficiencies in implementing QRIS.
  • QRIS modules will help faculty and trainers disseminate information and develop early educator competency on QCCA elements of quality into coursework and training.

Support for Rating Consistency
A goal of QRIS is to provide parents and other consumers with information about quality of early learning settings and help those settings understand where improvement is needed. To carry out this goal, assessment and rating must be performed consistently across QCCA consortia. The following activities will support rating consistency:

  • Regional Assessor Management System, focused on the early learning environment, will reinforce regional capacity for assessing environment quality and adherence to the tools agreed upon by QCCA consortia and partnering state agencies (F5CA and CDE).
  • QCCA Implementation Guide will provide raters with mobile, on-the-spot access to tools, tips, and resources to clarify how to rate each element of the QCCA Rating Matrix in order to promote consistent rating statewide.

Distribution Lists
To receive ongoing information about input opportunities for these and other statewide T&TA infrastructure activities, please go to the Statewide TTA Distribution List to include your email .

Statewide T&TA Documents

Regional Coordination and Training and Technical Assistance Hubs

As part of the $190 million approved through First 5 IMPACT, First 5 California has developed the Regional Coordination and Training and Technical Assistance Hubs (Hubs) RFA to support consortia participating in QRIS throughout California. The primary focus of the Hubs is to provide coordination and specialized support to consortia within a region or with similar technical assistance needs to create economies of scale while building a local early learning system. As a regional body, the Hubs are required to:

  • Help consortia identify local and regional strengths and assets, and determinelocal and regional gaps and needs
  • Coordinate regional activities to implement QRIS elements and systems functions
  • Reduce regional duplication of efforts
  • Build local and regional expertise, and incorporate state and federal evidence based practices models
  • Maintain a strong connection to Quality Counts California

Currently, there are 10 Lead Agencies that make up the Regional Hubs throughout California. For additional information, please see the link below regarding Lead Agency contacts, funding amounts, application forms and program resources.

Regional Coordination and T&TA Hubs Documents