Rating systems don’t just give parents an idea of the quality of a child care center, they can also result in some major perks—like a $12,500 grant to improve center programming.
Center Director Yesenia Sanchez in Fresno, Calif., earned a $12,500 Mini Grant for her center because of her high score in California’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Her center was rated a four star center.
“It’s an honor to be among the best of the best in our state,” said Sanchez.
The Fresno Office of Education awards the Mini Grant to preschools who earn a rating of three stars or more in QRIS. Sanchez says the money will help her improve and support every child’s experience in her classrooms.
“Our focus will be on improving dramatic play and arts in each of our classrooms,” said Sanchez. “And teachers will receive a gift card for all the effort they put in to making this possible!”
Like accreditation, QRIS ratings help reassure families that their child is getting a high quality early childhood education experience. QRIS programs rate ECE centers on their learning environment and curriculum, teaching practices, partnerships with families, and professional development efforts.
“QRIS is important for center directors to consider because of all the support you have access to for free,” said Sanchez. “Professional development, personalized coaching, grants, and the opportunity for community involvement are all available through QRIS.”
And now that she’s rated, Sanchez’s center shows up in a directory of high-rated child care centers in the state.
“I’m very proud of my team and their dedication to offering children the best early education experience,” she said.
For more information about earning grants for your center, contact the Grants Team.