​What is Quality?

QualityStart OC can connect parents to quality caregivers and teachers who create stimulating, caring, and effective learning environments for children.​

What is quality early childhood education?

Key components of a high quality program include:

  • A safe environment
  • A developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Well educated staff
  • Small group sizes and low adult-to-child ratios
  • Parent-teacher communication and family engagement

There are great resources to help you to both understand and measure the quality of your program:

  1. Quality Stars Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a tool to support, promote, and improve the quality of early learning programs. Find out more about Quality Stars here.​
  2. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides information on what defines quality. They also accredit programs by assessing them against quality standards.
  3. Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE) is a statewide non-profit organization that provides resources and services for early care and education professionals to improve business management practices through education, networking, and advocacy. Contact PACE by calling (800)-924-2460 or email info@pacenet.org.
  4. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is the largest Protestant education organization in the nation and offers professional development services for Christian educators.  Schools and programs can become accredited through ACSI.