What is Quality Counts California?
Quality Counts California is a statewide system that works with local leadership to implement defined standards of quality in early care and education environments. Started in 2011 and led by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division and First 5 California, the program engages with local consortia to implement Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Consortia groups, commonly made up of members of education departments, First 5’s, resource and referral agencies and institutions of higher learning, are responsible for coordinating efforts around established standards and utilizing reliable tools to measure those standards. The goal of Quality Counts California is to create alignment among counties and utilize strategic funding to increase access to high quality care and education for infant, toddler, and preschool age children across the state.