The Importance of Quality

A child begins learning before he or she is even born. Every experience in a child’s first 5 years helps build the foundation for all later learning. That’s why high quality early learning experiences are so important. High quality early learning helps children with:

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Critical Thinking

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Social-emotional Skills

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Cooperation

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Paying Attention

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Language & Math

These skills prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and throughout school.

Quality Start Riverside County helps early learning programs in the county provide the highest quality early care and education, so that children in these programs get the quality start they deserve.

What is Quality Start Riverside County?

Quality Start Riverside County is a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), which creates new opportunities for early educators to receive training, access professional development, and, ultimately, raise the quality of their programs. It also helps to increase access to high quality services and resources to better support families and children. Quality Start brings together educators, families, and community partners around the common goal of making sure that all children ages 0 through 5 are happy, healthy, and ready for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Quality Start supports high quality early learning environments by:

  1. Establishing standards of quality for early learning programs.
  2. Measuring programs using these standards.
  3. Offering coaching, training, and professional development opportunities to early educators.
  4. Giving parents and caregivers resources to find high quality programs for their children.

To learn more about Quality Start quality standards and see program ratings, click here.

Who Participates in Quality Start?

Any program looking to offer high quality care, while also receiving professional development support, is a great candidate for Quality Start Riverside County. Participating programs get the opportunity to demonstrate to their families and community that they are committed to supporting children’s healthy development and learning. In addition to the improvements in quality care, programs also receive tailored coaching, technical assistance, and other great incentives that can help raise their level of quality.

There are a diverse range of programs and providers that participate in Quality Start Riverside County. Early learning sites that can participate in this rating system include:

  • Center-based care
  • Family child care homes

In addition to these early learning programs, other types of community and home-based programs can also participate in Quality Start if they are providing early learning and school readiness service to parents and young children. These may include home visiting programs, family resource centers, libraries, and other forms of alternative care programs.

Here are the alternative programs that currently participate in Quality Start:

  1. Riverside County Office of Education Beaumont 8th Street Early Head Start Home Base – Home Visiting Program
  2. Riverside County Office Of Education Perris Early Head Start Home Base- Home Visiting Program
  3. Riverside County Office of Education Stokoe Early Head Start Home Base- Home Visiting Program
  4. Parentz@Work- Home Visiting Program
  5. John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation- Home Visiting Program
  6. Rancho Mirage Public Library
  7. Hemet Public Library – Storytime
  8. Banning Library District – Children’s Library
  9. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Twinhill Giving Real Advantage to Special Populations (GRASP)- Community Based Organization
  10. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Sky Canyon Infant-  Community Based Organization
  11. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Harvest Valley- Community Based Organization
  12. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Coombs- Community Based Organization
  13. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program David Long Regional Learning Center- Community Based Organization
  14. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Perris- Community Based Organization
  15. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program McCarthy- Community Based Organization
  16. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Regional- Community Based Organization
  17. Riverside County Office of Education Infant Circle Program Ina Arbuckle- Community Based Organization
  18. Blindness Support Services- Home Visiting Program
  19. California Family Life Center- Community Based Organization
  20. Moreno Valley Public Library – Mall Branch
  21. Moreno Valley Public Library – Main Library
  22. Desert Sands Unified School District Eisenhower Early Childhood Education Center Home Base- Home Visiting Program
  23. Literacy, Language, and Cultural Centers, Inc.- Home Visiting Program
  24. Corona Public Library
  25. Choices for Children- Larson Justice Center – Community Based Organization
  26. Choices for Children- Indio Juvenile Site- Community Based Organization
  27. Choices for Children – Riverside County Farm- Community Based Organization
  28. Choices for Children – Justice Center- Community Based Organization
  29. Choices for Children – Riverside Court- Community Based Organization
  30. Choices for Children Hemet Court- Community Based Organization
  31. Choices for Children- Murrieta Court- Community Based Organization
  32. Beaumont Library District
  33. VIP Tots Home Program- Home Visiting Program
  34. Romoland School District Home Base- Home Visiting Program
  35. Palm Springs Unified School District Della Lindley Early Head Start Home Base- Home Visiting Program
  36. Family Service Association – Home Visitation Program- Home Visiting Program
  37. Lake Elsinore Unified School District Health Academy- Home Visiting Program
  38. Jurupa Unified School District Home Visitation- Home Visiting Program
  39. Jurupa Unified School District Training & Support Services Center- Community Based Organization
  40. Riverside County Office of Education Palm Springs Teen Parent Program
  41. Riverside County Office of Education Norte Vista Teen Parent Program
  42. Riverside County Office of Education Hemet Teen Parent Program

Join Quality Start Riverside County

In order to participate, programs must watch an orientation video, and download the application form that becomes available after the video is watched all the way through. Once you have filled out the application, return it to info@qualitystartrc.org. If you have additional questions about how to participate, contact us.

The Team Behind Quality Start Riverside County

A team of local early learning partners participate in the Quality Start Riverside County Consortia. These partners include: First 5 Riverside; Riverside County Office of Education; Consortium for Early Learning Services; Lovett’s Children, Inc; Riverside Unified School District; California Baptist University; College of the Desert; Family Service Association; Department of Public Health Nurse Family Partnership; Riverside University Health System, Behavioral Health; University of California Riverside; Department of Public Social Services; Community Action Partnership; Inland Empire Regional Office Community Care Licensing; and Southern California Child Care Advocate.  

Quality Start is operated by First 5 Riverside, Riverside County Office of Education, and the Consortium for Early Learning Services.

Become a Quality Start partner! To see a list of upcoming Consortia meetings on our calendar, click here.

Our Vision

Every child in Riverside County has access to a high quality early learning environment that prepares them to succeed in school and life.

Our Mission

To provide an integrated approach to improving and supporting the quality of Riverside County’s early learning environments.