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Quality Rating and Improvement System

The Bay Area Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Partnership

The Bay Area QRIS Partnership is a consortium of five Bay Area County First 5 Commissions that have received funding through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant with the regional goal to develop and implement a Quality Rating and Improvement System.

The participating counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz – are leveraging their experiences and lessons learned in developing their local QRIS’s to identify opportunities to coordinate their work, more efficiently use resources, and otherwise create a common approach and movement for quality improvement across the Bay Area Region.

Potential options being discussed by the Bay Area Partnership include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing regional pools of assessors and coaches that can be shared among the counties and foster a common set of rating standards and standard level of quality for technical assistance to be provided to early care sites;
  • Identifying regional training and professional development opportunities for early childhood educators and trainers;
  • Utilizing a common data system that will facilitate quantifying site improvements over time and tell the regional QRIS story; and
  • Developing and communicating a common language about early childhood care quality that will support providers in continuously improving their care and parents in understanding what quality care looks like and therefore better informing their choices about care for their children.

The regional partners have also initiated discussions and information sharing with the non-RTT Bay Area counties with an eye towards broadening the effort across the entire Bay Area region.

For more information on the Regional effort, contact:

Karina Rivera
VIVA Strategy and Communications
karina@viva-strategy.com
650.525.4305

For county-specific QRIS information, contact:

Contra Costa County
First 5 Contra Costa
Edirle Menezes 
Early Childhood Education Program Officer
emenezes@first5cc.org
925.771.7333

San Francisco County
First 5 San Francisco
Ingrid Mezquita
Senior PFA Program Officer
Ingrid@first5sf.org
415.437.4649

Santa Clara County
FIRST 5 Santa Clara
Cathy Andrade
Program Director
cathy@first5kids.org
408.260.3711

Santa Cruz County
First 5 Santa Cruz
Vicki Boriack
Program Officer
vboriack@first5scc.org
831.465.2215