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Natalie Woods Andrews
Christine Smith
Stacy Sewell
Ramee Serwanga
Anjanette Jones
Linnea Hathaway
Joan Davidson
Talina Blakeslee
(916) 228-2506

Raising QUALITY Together: Sacramento County's Quality Rating and Improvement System

Raising QUALITY Together (RQT) is Sacramento County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

The primary purposes of RQT are to:

  • Help families identify high-quality early learning settings. 
  • Assist early learning programs, directors and staff with their efforts to provide high-quality early care and education.
  • Offer research-based resources, information, and professional development to early learning programs, administrators and staff.

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a voluntary program focused on creating a comprehensive system that establishes uniform standards of quality for early learning programs, and provides quality research-based support for licensed early care and education centers and family child care homes serving children birth through age five. 

Additional Information

Research studies have identified elements of quality for programs serving children age birth to five and their families. Raising QUALITY Together uses the following seven elements grouped under three core areas that are foundational for the Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Core 1: Child Development & School Readiness

Core 2: Teacher and Teaching

Core 3: Program and Environment

Featured Resources:

Raising Quailty Together QRIS Matrix with Elements and Points
RQT uses the QRIS Matrix to measure seven elements of program quality....

Raising Quality Together QRIS Matrix Element Handouts
This handout provides guidance about the seven Elements within the QRIS Matrix and includes Element goals, point levels, and resources that support programs working to improve their quality....

Raising Quality Together Menu of Options for CLASS
Raising Quality Together offers CLASS-related professional learning options to programs participating at Step 2 or Step 3 level to support their program in the implementation of the CLASS tool. The CLASS tool is an observation instrument...

Raising Quality Together Professional Learning Calendar 2017-2018
Raising Quality Together coordinates a robust PL calendar with in-person sessions that are scheduled on Saturdays, specially selected to support program staff‘s on-going knowledge and skill acquisition. The session topics are...

Raising Quality Together College Tuition and Textbook Reimbursements
Program staff who work directly with children on a daily basis at a Step 2 or Step 3 RQT site can enroll in approved, ECE/CD degree pathway college courses and be reimbursed for up to $500 of tuition and/or textbook costs...

Raising Quality Together Quality Improvement Plan
Each program participating in RQT develops a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to support continuous quality improvement. The QIP is developed by selecting goals based on the seven Elements of quality within the QRIS Matrix. The plan is the...

Raising Quality Together Professional Development Hours Handout
This handout provides guidance related to the professional development requirements identified in Element 3: Early Childhood Educator Qualifications....

Raising Quality Together Program Steps and Support Descriptions
This document outlines the three Steps of Raising Quality Together participation and describes the program supports available within each Step level....

Raising Quality Together Pathways: Elements 1 - 7
The Raising Quality Together Pathways are a centralized source of all the resources, incentives, and supports aligned with the RQT Matrix to improve and maintain program quality....

Raising Quality Together: Sacramento County's Quality Rating and Improvement System 2017 Tier Ratings
Raising Quality Together (RQT): Sacramento County's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early...