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Contact Info

Natalie Woods Andrews
Christine Smith
Ramee Serwanga
Anjanette Jones
Linnea Hathaway
Joan Davidson
Nathanael Gale
Emma Baier

sacramentocountyqris@scoe.net
(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 Quality Together: Sacramento County Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) 2018 - 2019 Tier Ratings
This document presents the 2018-2019 QRIS Tier Ratings earned by early learning centers and family child care homes participating in the Raising Quality Together (RQT) system....

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

 
RQT Reimbursement Request for Professional Learning Activities or Permit Fees
Staff working at an early learning center or family child care home that is participating in Raising Quality Together (RQT) is eligible to apply for reimbursement for completion of approved online professional learning...

 
RQT Staff Professional Learning (PL) Tracker
Document the number of professional learning (PL) hours that staff have completed using the RQT Staff PL Tracker....

 
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....

 
RQT Approved Online Training Options (updated 7/18/19)
All staff working at an early learning center or family child care home that is participating in Raising Quality Together (RQT) is eligible to participate in and be reimbursed for RQT-approved professional learning (PL) sessions. This...

 
Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI) Infant and Toddler
The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observation tool developed as an objective way to measure and improve teacher-child interactions. Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI) provides an in-depth...

 
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 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 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 $1,000 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...

 
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...

 
RQT September & October 2019 In-Person Professional Learning Sessions
This document shows the September and October 2019 In-person Professional Learning sessionsoffered by Raising Quality Together (RQT). Included are the registration links, Element focus, and age ranges....

 
Infant and Toddler Professional Learning Series Flyer 2019 - 20
This flyer identifies the four-part professional learning series sponsored by Raising Quality Together (RQT) in partnership with the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). Topics include: setting up environments, culturally...

 
Raising Quality Together Pathways: Elements 1 - 7 (updated 7/13/19)
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 (RQT) 2019 - 2020 Site Binder (9/17/19)
This document explains the Sacramento County's Quality Rating and Improvement System: Raising Quality Together (RQT) program. Highlights include the services and supports available to participating early learning centers and...

 
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...

 
2019-20 RQT Professional Learning Calendar (updated 10/9/19)
All staff working at a early learning center or family child care home that is participating in Raising Quality Together (RQT) is eligible to attend professional learning sessions. This Professional Learning (PL) Calendar is updated...

 
Brandman Online Professional Development Courses and Course Registraion
Brandman University is proud to partner with Raising Quality Together (RQT) to provide online professional development courses. These courses have been carefully selected by RQT to provide staff and administrators a better...

 
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...