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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, 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.

become an ambassador of quality matters

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


Click here to visit the Quality Matters Online Resource page
to learn more about free professional development and child development permit stipend information

QM Communication & Outreach Video

May 1st, 2024                         Release 2024-25 Application

June 2024                            QRIS Information Sessions


                                             June 5, 2024: English 1:30 pm ­- 2:30 pm   

                                            ZOOM link:


                                              June 6, 2024: Spanish/ Español from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  

                                            ZOOM link:

 July 12, 2024.                    Application Due      




August 1, 2024                     Notify sites of acceptance.     


September 2024               Conduct new site orientations and coach introductions.




2024-2025 Participation Timeline

Programs & Educators

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