Quality Rated Information System

Choosing the right early childhood education center is crucial, and understanding the Quality Rated Information System (QRIS) can guide your decision. QRIS is a key tool for assessing the quality of early learning programs, offering insights into teacher qualifications, curriculum standards, and learning environments. This system ensures that educational settings provide a supportive and enriching start for your child.

Early Childhood Education Ratings by State

This table below provides a quick overview of the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) used in different states to evaluate early childhood education centers. The ratings not enclosed in parentheses are recommended, while others are given less emphasis, helping parents to make informed decisions about the quality of care their children will receive.

South CarolinaKansasLouisianaVirginiaIllinoisMinnesotaArkansasWisconsinMissouriOklahomaGeorgiaFloridaAlabamaNorth CarolinaTennesseeRhode IslandConnecticutMassachusettsMaineNew HampshireVermontNew YorkNew JerseyPennsylvaniaDelawareMarylandWest VirginiaKentuckyOhioMichiganWyomingMontanaIdahoWashingtonTexasCaliforniaArizonaNevadaUtahColoradoNew MexicoOregonNorth DakotaSouth DakotaNebraskaIowaMississippiIndiana
StateQRIS SystemQuality Ratings
TexasTexas Rising StarTRS 4, TRS 3, (TRS 2)
GeorgiaQuality Rated3, 2, (1)
IllinoisExceleRate IllinoisGold, Silver, (Bronze)
AlabamaAlabama Quality Stars5, 4, 3, (2,1)
CaliforniaQuality Counts California5, 4, 3, (2,1)
New YorkQUALITYstarsNY5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars, (2 stars, 1 stars)
TennesseeTennessee QRIS3, 2, (1)
VirginiaThe Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VBQ5)5, 4, 3, (2,1)
ArkansasBetter Beginnings6, 5, 4, (3, 2, 1)
WashingtonEarly Achievers5, 4, 3, (2, 1)
New JerseyGrow NJ Kids5, 4, 3, (2,1)