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Natalie Woods Andrews
Christine Smith
Stacy Sewell
Ramee Serwanga
Anjanette Jones
Linnea Hathaway
Joan Davidson
Nathanael Gale
(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:

California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Course Listing (2018)
The modules provided on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Web site enable teachers to increase content knowledge and ability to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for children in their care. CECO provides access...

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 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: Sacramento County Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) 2017 - 2018 Tier Ratings
This document presents the 2017-2018 QRIS Tier Ratings earned by early learning centers and family child care homes participating in the Raising Quality Together (RQT) system....

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

RQT Documentation Checklist - Earning 5 Points on Element 2: Developmental and Health Screenings
This checklist identifies the documentation necessary for an RQT-participating site to demonstrate an in-house developmental and health screening process to earn 5 points in Element 2: Developmental...

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

RQT Reimbursement for Online Teachstone and ERSI trainings, Child Development Permit fees, and DRDPtech fees
Staff working at early learning centers and family child care homes that are participating at the Step 2 and Step 3 levels in Raising Quality Together (RQT) are eligible to be reimbursed...

CAP Course List
The California Community Colleges Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) developed a 24 unit lower-division program of study supporting early care and education teacher preparation. Aligned courses taken at one college are accepted at another CAP participating college. The CAP Course...

Raising Quality Together Professional Learning Calendar 2018-2019
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...