Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is Los Angeles’ county-wide Quality Improvement System (QIS) designed to empower early learning providers to build upon and improve the quality of care they provide to children ages birth to five.
We do this by supporting those working in Los Angeles County’s mixed-delivery early learning system, including licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and family, friend, and neighbor care providers, through professional development, specialized trainings (virtual and in-person), individualized program supports, and access to cutting edge resources and funding opportunities. By partnering with providers, we are coming together to ensure all children receive a quality start in life.
Our partnership with families takes a similar approach, providing them with tools and resources to understand the elements of a quality program for their child, how to be involved in their child’s early learning journey, and how to select a program that is right for them. Families can search for participating early learning locations in their area and view details of their QSLA participation, which provides a snapshot of the program.
Los Angeles is not alone in this movement, as this program is a part of something greater.
Quality Start Los Angeles is a part of a larger state and national movement; in California, the Quality Improvement System is called Quality Counts California (QCC), with Los Angeles County as one of 58 participating counties. As of 2019, 49 states and the District of Columbia have either implemented or are planning to implement a quality improvement system.