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

 
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: 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....

 
Workforce Pathways Grant (WPG) Stipend Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Workforce Pathways Grant (WPG) Stipend Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document includes questions and answers from WPG applicants....

 
California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Course Listing (2020-2021)
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...

 
Professional Growth Plan (WPG and Child Development Permit Renewal)
This Professional Growth Plan can be used to document professional growth activities. Typically it is completed in advance of completing the activities to guide your growth as an early learning professional....

 
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....

 
CAP 8 and CAP Expansion Course Chart
This document ideentifies CAP 8 and CAP Expansion coursework at participating California community colleges....

 
Professional Growth Plan (WPG and Child Development Permit Renewal)
This Professional Growth Plan can be used to document professional growth activities. Typically it is completed in advance of completing the activities to guide your growth as an early learning professional....

 
2020 Local Planning Council Zip Code Priorities
This document identifies the Zip code used by the California Department of Education (CDE) to inform where future subsidized early learning contracts should be prioritized....

 
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...

 
Workforce Pathways Grant (WPG) Stipend Program Acknowledgement and Documentation Checklist
The WPG Acknowledgement and Documentation Checklist identifies the stipend-eligible professional growth activities, required documentation, submission methods, and due dates for the 2020-2021 WPG program...

 
Raising Quality Together (RQT) Professional Learning Calendar 2020-2021
This document displays online professional learning (PL) sessions suggested for RQT administrators and teachers....

 
Sacramento County Workforce Pathways Grant (WPG) Stipend Program
Funded by the California Department of Education, the goals of the WPG are to increase the number of qualified early learning and care (ELC) professionals and to increase the educational credentials, knowledge, and competencies of...

 
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...

 
Child Development Permit FAQ (American River College)
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Child Development Permit acquistion, written by American River College (ARC) faculty. While some supports are ARC-specific, this document has valuable information for any early 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 (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...

 
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 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...