Stakeholder Information

Quality Counts California (QCC) is a statewide effort to support young children and their families by strengthening California’s early learning and care system. 

To do this, QCC: 

  • Supports a statewide system of locally implemented Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) 
  • Educates families about the importance of quality early learning and helps them identify quality early learning and care environments (i.e., family child care home or child care center)
  • Provides access to tools and resources for quality partners like QRIS administrators, coaches, trainers, and higher education faculty 

QCC focuses on quality early learning experiences because those experiences build the foundation for skills children need in school, work, and life. Only sites that participate in the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) will still be rated. It is a requirement for them to receive funding and is written into statute that they maintain specific criteria and one of those is rating.

FAQ's for Policymakers about QCC and QRISs