QSLA Ratings

QSLA Ratings

  • With Quality Start Los Angeles, you have an easy-to-understand rating that helps you identify the characteristics that make a quality early learning program.
  • Early learning providers with a QSLA rating are assessed by trained observers who use consistent standards. Points are accumulated for each of those standards and the total amount of points determines a tier rating.
  • The tier rating consists of five levels (1-5). The higher the rating, the higher the quality of the program. Consumers use ratings like this every day to make important decisions for their families, such as deciding what restaurant they will visit or what car they will purchase.
  • Once rated, early learning programs receive support such as coaching, classroom tools, resources, training, and financial incentives that help improve their program’s quality.
  • Early learning providers who have been rated by QSLA are committed to quality. Simply participating in Quality Start Los Angeles is an achievement! You can be confident that the program staff are working to enhance your child’s learning.

Quality Start Los Angeles assesses early learning providers and assigns a rating based on the following quality elements:

Child Health and Development — Your child’s academic, social, and physical needs are supported. The program and its environment helps meet your child’s individual needs.

What to look for:

  • Teachers observe a child’s physical development and the child’s ability to learn.
  • Program staff and parents work together to ensure that children are growing up healthy.

Staff Training and Education  Directors and teachers are trained in child development and early learning to ensure your child is being cared for and taught by qualified staff.

What to look for:

  • Teachers have earned college units in child development or have college degrees.
  • Teaching staff consistently attend trainings to improve their classroom skills and knowledge.

Teacher-Child Interactions — Adult’s interaction with your child is positive and enriches his/her social-emotional and educational development.

What to look for:

  • Teachers in the program are caring and actively engaged with students.
  • Daily learning activities support each child’s interests, culture and home language.

Ratios and Group Size — The total number of teachers and the children’s group size is 

What to look for:

  • The program has a small number of children for each teacher.
  • Staff spend quality time engaging with individual children throughout the day.

Program Environment — The setting is safe, clean, and healthy for your child’s learning.

What to look for:

  • The facility is licensed which means all staff have been background checked.
  • The center or family child care home offers a rich learning environment with varied materials, activities and routines.

Finding a quality early learning program for your family is a big decision, and a key step towards ensuring your child’s future success.

Providers participating in Quality Start Los Angeles are committed to ongoing improvement, and working to provide the highest quality programs for you and your child.

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