About Us

  • Mission

    To enhance early learning that strengthens families and nurtures the whole child by empowering early educators and maximizing resources through an integrated county-wide system of quality improvement supports.
  • Vision

    All children in Los Angeles County have equitable access to high quality early learning to reach their full potential.


  • Quality

  • Equity

  • Relationships

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Collaboration

  • Accountability

What is Quality Start LA?

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 caregivers (when funding allows), 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.


In 2012, Los Angeles County began QIS implementation as part of an opportunity to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for
children: California’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC).

Currently, Quality Start LA is led by a group of six early learning agencies:

  • Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • First 5 LA
  • Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
  • Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education.
  • Child Care Planning Committee

QSLA is funded by local and state dollars, in partnership with Quality Counts California (QCC). Quality Counts California is a collaboration between First 5 California, the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division, and the California Department of Social Services. QCC provides funding and guidance to local and regional agencies implementing a QIS across the state of California.

QSLA Provider Service Structure

Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is Los Angeles’ county-wide Quality Improvement System (QIS). This service structure infographic outlines the organization of state funders, local funders, service providers along with the different models being served.