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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (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 email@example.com or by calling 916-263-1050.
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 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:
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 .
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:
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.