Benefits of Participating in Quality Matters
Quality Matters Monterey County is committed to supporting all types of early childhood educators with resources and information to increase their program quality. Educators who participate in Quality Matters will receive:
Assistance completing an initial program self-assessment, which will give you an understanding of your program’s quality practices and areas of strength, and will support continuous improvement.
Technical assistance, including professional development and training opportunities, which you can tailor to fit your needs.
Marketing materials to help promote your participation to families, colleagues, and other community members.
Recognition of your commitment to quality, including professional development activities, financial incentives for QRIS participation, and celebration events.
What Does Participation Look Like?
- 2023 QRIS Marco Continuo
What Does Quality Matters Measure?
Quality ratings and improvement supports are based on California’s QRIS matrix, which sets standards for early learning programs in the following areas:
Child development and school readiness, including appropriate learning activities and use of child observation tools and developmental and health screenings
Teachers and teaching, including lead teacher/family child care home educator qualifications and effectiveness of teacher-child interactions
Program and environment, including ratios and group size, and center director qualifications
To learn more about QRIS, and what to expect from participating in Quality Matters, contact Eliza Gomez, the Quality Matters Monterey County QRIS Coordinator.
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Here are downloadable handouts for both center-based sites and Family Child Care Educators.
QM Communication & Outreach Video
May 1st, 2024 Release 2024-25 Application
June 2024 QRIS Information Sessions
June 5, 2024: English 1:30pm - 2:30pm
June 6, 2024: Spanish/ Español from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
June 11, 2024 QRIS Application Virtual Office Hours 6:30pm - 7:30pm
July 15, 2024 Application Due
August 14, 2024 Notify sites of acceptance.
September 2024- Conduct new site orientations and coach introductions.