We are proud to release an ambitious three-year strategic plan that will serve as the blueprint for our work in Riverside County to build a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that gives our youngest learners access to high quality early childhood education.
Our county is not new to supporting early learning programs to improve their quality. First 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), and the Consortium for Early Learning Services have been investing in and supporting child care programs for over fifteen years. However, a national movement to build a QRIS that sets quality standards, supports providers to meet these standards, and gives parents information about making quality child care choices is new. In California, funding from the California Department of Education and First 5 California have given counties new opportunities to focus our efforts.
Throughout the strategic planning process we’ve seen enormous dedication from the Quality Start Consortium to establish priorities for our work to ensure that all children in Riverside County have access to high quality early learning environments. We are committed to continuing to leverage their expertise and working together to implement Quality Start Riverside County. This plan marks the beginning of our work and we are excited to see where the future will take us.