Colorado Shines

| August 31, 2021

Colorado Shines is the state’s quality rating and improvement system. Colorado Shines rates Colorado’s early learning programs, connects families with quality programs, and helps programs improve their quality level. It’s free for programs, professionals and families to use. We are a Colorado Shines Level 5 rated program, the highest rating for child care programs, showing…

Kentucky All-Stars

| August 13, 2021

We are proud to boast that our programs maintain a high star rating by Kentucky All Stars, Kentucky’s voluntary quality rating system for licensed Type I and Type II child care centers and Certified family child care homes. All STARS levels surpass the minimum licensing requirements that all participating programs must meet. Kentucky All Stars provides parents with…

Raising Quality Together

| January 15, 2021

Raising Quality Together (RQT) is Sacramento County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a voluntary program focused on creating a comprehensive system that establishes uniform standards of quality for early learning programs, and provides quality research-based support for licensed early care and education centers and family child care homes serving children birth through…


| January 15, 2021

Spark is a statewide program from Oregon’s Early Learning Division helping parents and families access quality child care. It is the updated version of the Quality Rating and Improvement System, or QRIS, and it is improving the quality of child care in Oregon in two ways: Spark connects families to quality early learning and care programs…


| January 15, 2021

YoungStar is designed to help providers improve the quality of their business and program practices. To assist providers with their improvement efforts, YoungStar developed a 40-point evaluation that helps programs recognize their strengths and identify areas for improvement. The YoungStar evaluation criteria outlines the items that will be evaluated and can be used by Directors and Lead Teachers/Lead Group Leaders…


| January 15, 2021

The NECPA Commission is dedicated to cultivating high quality early childhood programs across the country through “Encouraging Quality and Recognizing Excellence.”  The NECPA Standards were derived from the National Health and Safety Performance Standards, which were developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association.  The NECPA Standards measure quality in…

Bright Stars

| January 15, 2021

BrightStars is Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS). BrightStars assesses the quality of early care, education and school-age programs and rates them from 1 to 5 stars. By becoming BrightStars-rated, early care, education, and afterschool programs show that they are committed to quality.  

ExceleRate Illinois

| January 15, 2021

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes early learning providers who make quality a priority. ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a…

Washington Early Achievers

| January 15, 2021

Early Achievers uses an easy-to-understand rating system to track growth in quality improvement of participating early care providers. At Levels I and 2, early learning professionals are “participating in quality improvement” through training and activities. Facilities that are rated Levels 3 through 5 have achieved a “quality level of excellence” through an on-site evaluation.

Iowa QRS

| January 15, 2021

Iowa’s Quality Rating System (QRS) is a voluntary child care rating system for DHS Licensed Centers, DHS Licensed Preschools, Department of Education programs and Child Development Homes. QRS was developed to raise the quality of child care in Iowa, raise the number of children in high-quality child care settings and to educate parents about quality…

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