Quality Counts Humboldt (QRIS)

What is Quality?

Quality early learning and care means learning environments, relationships, interactions, and activities support all children’s growth and development to prepare them for success in school and life.

Why Does Quality mMatter?

Quality early learning and care programs can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Research continues to show that children in quality early learning and care programs are more likely to succeed in school and less likely to drop out, need remedial education, or end up in prison.

Quality Counts California — Raising the Quality of Early Learning and Care

Quality Counts California is a statewide system of locally-implemented quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), which helps to connect parents and families to high-quality early learning and care programs, and ensures that infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children have quality early learning experiences in their local communities. Quality Counts California also provides resources and support to early learning and care providers so they can create nourishing and effective early learning and care programs that will help children to grow and thrive.



How does a QRIS help young children?

Research shows that children learn best in stimulating environments with well-trained and well-educated teachers and caregivers.  Because the early years are the most important time in a child’s development, the higher the quality of early care and education children receive, the more children benefit.  A QRIS program creates a collaborative system to continually improve the overall quality of early care and education.


Which sites can participate?

Humboldt’s QRIS funding initially targets California State Preschool Programs. Ultimately we hope all early learning programs will participate in the QRIS, raising the level of quality countywide while giving families more information when choosing a provider. For the 2016-17 pilot year we had 5 programs participate and for 2017-18, we look forward to having more join us. Our goal is to have programs from every area of our county, representing our diverse communities and needs, including geographic, cultural and demographic considerations.


How are sites rated?

QRIS Matrix 


How does my site apply?

-Quailty Counts Humboldt QRIS Overview

-Quailty Counts Humboldt QRIS Self Assessment

-Quailty Counts Humboldt QRIS Application


Already participating in Quality Counts Humboldt? You can log into your iPinwheel account here.


Interested in seeing how Quality Counts is happening around the state? Click here to visit the Quality Counts California QRIS Consortium.


The QRIS Consortium is a partnership between




Changing Tides Family Services, 0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative, Humboldt County Office of EducationNorth Coast Children’s ServicesFirst 5 Humboldtthe Local Child Care Planning Council. College of the Redwoods, and Humboldt State University.