WHAT IS QSSB
WHAT IS QSSB
Quality Start San Bernardino County (QSSB) is our county’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) designed to help child care programs, preschools, and alternative school-readiness programs, provide the highest quality early learning experiences possible. QSSB supports quality early learning by:
QSSB QUALITY STANDARDS LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS OF EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS:
More teachers per child mean staff can spend more one-on-one, engaged time with children.
High quality learning activities support each child’s interests, growth, and development, as well as culture and home language.
High quality learning environments are safe, healthy, and engaging, and promote effective teacher and child interactions.
HEALTH AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Children’s overall well being, including physical, social, and emotional development, is supported.
STAFF TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Program administrators and teachers are trained in child development and early learning; they have completed relevant college coursework and/or ongoing professional training.
QRIS BEYOND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
QRIS is a national movement. Most states have developed QRISs or are in the process of developing them. In California, each county has the opportunity to develop its own local QRIS. Initial funding for QRIS in California began with the federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant, and has continued with additional statewide funding opportunities.