QF Star Ratings

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Quality First is about quality improvement. To measure progress, each program participating in Quality First is assessed and given a Quality First Star Rating, ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Star Ratings are based on what research shows are the key components of quality early care, including adult-child interactions, learning environments and staff qualifications. The standards are high. Programs are assessed every one or two years and receive a new Star Rating with each assessment. All programs enrolled in Quality First are committed to making improvements that help prepare kids for school and life.

What Quality First Star Ratings Mean

 

Rising Star: Committed to quality improvement

Program is starting the process and meeting with Quality First coach to:

  • Ensure a healthy and safe environment
  • Increase positive teacher-child interactions
  • Implement effective administrative practices
  • Participate in additional consultation for children with special needs

 

Progressing Star: Approaching quality standards

Program has increased the quality of their child care environments and continue to:

  • Ensure a healthy and safe environment
  • Structure programs with language, activities and interactions
  • Focus on developing staff qualifications
  • Reducing teacher-to-child ratios and group size

 

Quality: Meets quality standards

Program meets quality standards related to their child care environments and teacher-child interactions across classrooms and age groups. The center continues to:

  • Percentage of staff completed college coursework in early child education
  • Assess children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development
  • Children are cared of her smaller groups (ratios? Ex 1:4)
  • Curriculum aligns with Arizona’s Early Learning Standards

 

Quality Plus: Exceeds quality standards.

Meets quality level standards and also exceeds quality standards for their child care environments and providing nurturing, responsive interactions to support children’s learning and development across classrooms and age groups. The center continues to:

  • Provide interactions that stimulate children’s higher-level thinking skills
  • Employ staff with completed college coursework in early childhood education
  • Smaller (what does this mean?) group sizes for increased attention
  • Need another bullet

 

Highest Quality- Far exceeds quality standards.

Far exceeds quality standards in child care environments, high-quality interactions to support children’s learning and development across classrooms and age groups.

  • Percentage of teachers with early childhood college degrees
  • Lowest teacher to child ratios?
  • Provide consistent, sustained interactions that stimulate children’s highest-level thinking
  • Provide feedback to children to help them make the most of their early learning experiences