Head Start Collaboration Project

Child Care

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Obtaining quality child care is difficult for all families. It is especially difficult for low-income working families who may work irregular hours and cannot afford the cost of care let alone high quality child care. Recognizing the importance of quality child care, New York is developing and implementing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), QUALITYstarsNY. For more information, see www.qsny.org.  This site contains general information on the initiative, answers to frequently asked questions, the program standards for both center-based programs and family child care providers as well as a survey to provide feedback on both sets of standards. Additionally, through the website, people are able to sign up to receive electronic notification of periodic updates to QUALITYstarsNY.