Quality Start LA Rated Programs
Quality Start LA helps participating early learning programs raise their level of quality. Quality Start LA assesses and rates programs using California state standards for quality care and education. All QSLA programs meet licensing requirements, and voluntarily participate in QSLA to improve the quality of care they provide.
QSLA is part of a national movement to elevate the quality of early learning programs. In its first year, QSLA served over 800 early learning providers across LA County; a number that continues to increase each year. As the state continues to expand its investment, QSLA looks forward to expanding its reach and rolling out a model where all early learning providers can participate in QSLA.
For more information about all of the early learning providers in your area, visit your local Resource and Referral Agency.
Quality Start LA assesses programs using the following elements that are known to contribute to high-quality early learning:
- Adult-Child Interactions: How teachers engage with children to support their growth
- Program Environment: How safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate the classroom environment is
- Developmental Screening and Monitoring: How teachers promote health and developmental screenings with families
- Child Observations and Planning: How teachers identify learning needs and create appropriate learning activities for children
- Teacher to Child Ratio*: How many children per teacher are in a classroom. (*Only assessed in Center-based care)
- Staff Qualifications: How much early childhood education and training the program’s staff have to support children’s learning and growth
What is a Quality Start LA Rating?
A Quality Start LA rating is a measurement of quality that is based on a program’s combined score in each of the areas outlined above.
There are five possible ratings that a Quality Start LA program can receive:
This rating provides families with a snapshot of a program’s overall performance within the QSLA rating criteria. This allows families to view the different quality elements based on what is most important to them. For more information on how a particular program scores on each element of quality, click the “more info” buttons below.