Quality Initiatives

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Current Programs

Child Care Quality Initiative (CCQI)

A project to help increase the quality of local child care programs.

We support child care providers locally and nationally

National Programs

Child Development Associate (CDA)

A CDA is a national credential for childhood professionals.


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.

Past and Future State-wide Projects:

Kansas Quality Rating System (KQRIS)

A child care five-star rating program. KQRIS provides child care programs with technical assistance from child care resource and referral (CCR&R) plus a variety of incentives including: grants, quality awards, education scholarships, and salary supplements.


T.E.A.C.H. scholarships make higher education affordable for the early childhood workforce and provide compensation incentives to encourage further study and retention.


WAGE$ is a salary supplement program which rewards child care providers for continuing their education and remaining in the field.

Strengthening Families

Focuses on developing the child care professional and parent relationship to support and strengthen the parent—child relationship.

Step It Up Early Childhood Wellness Project

Works with child care providers to improve physical activity, nutrition, and health outcomes for children and families.

Quality Steps Project

Supports child care providers in increasing the quality of care for infants/toddlers by providing professional development and technical assistance.

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