Overview of Quality Connections Ratings
Programs participating in Quality Connections are assessed and rated using statewide measures for quality care and early education. These ratings, which are communicated to both programs and parents, help provide a sense of a program’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. Through the Quality Connections rating and assessment process, programs are demonstrating their commitment to improving their quality of care and early education services and are supported along their journey.
- Site ratings are based on an evaluation and scoring of statewide elements of quality care and education. Site ratings are between 1 and 5 stars.
- A site’s rating is valid for two years, though a re-rating will occur whenever there are changes to a site license.
- After receiving a full rating, programs develop quality improvement plans and commit to the ongoing improvement process.
- Ratings are conducted by independent trained observers from First 5, using methods specified by the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
Assessments are a key component of the Quality Connections program improvement process. They are used to identify an early learning program’s strengths as well as areas for improvement. Observations gathered in an assessment can inform a plan to enhance the quality of care and education provided by early educators.
Quality Connections assesses programs using the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Assessments are conducted by independent trained observers from WestEd. Any early learning program that receives funding from the City of San Francisco is required to have an assessment.
Ratings are based on the following elements:
*These elements are not included in the rating for Family Child Care Homes.