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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?


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, assessment of the classroom environment, 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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Help us spread the word about Quality Matters to more members of our community!

Here are downloadable handouts for both center based sites and Family Child Care Educators.

Educator Resources

Social distancing guidelines for emergency child care sites

QM Communication & Outreach Video

August 5, 2019                   Release 2019-20 Application

September 5th & 12th, 2019   QRIS Bilingual Information Sessions:

1) 9/5/19 from 6:30 pm ­ 8:30 pm 

2) 9/12/19 from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm 

3) Migrant Sites: 3/12/20 6:30-8:30 p.m. 


October 1, 2019                        Application Due


November 1, 2019                      Notify Selected Participants


Dec. 5th to Jan. 31st, 2020       Conduct  Orientation Site Visits with Technical Assistant Coaches


Feb. 18th  to May 10, 2020       Conduct  ERS & CLASS Assessments


May 1st  to July 31st, 2020       Conduct  Rating/ QIP Visits

       * CSPP sites by June 5th     

2019-2020 Participation Timeline

Programs & Educators

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