Quality Initiatives

Current Programs

  • Child Care Quality Initiative (CCQI)
    A project to help increase the quality of local child care programs

Quality Initiatives provide the opportunity for you to increase and showcase your skills, experience, and knowledge of childcare and the early childhood field.

National Programs & Credentials

  • Accreditation
    National Association for the Education of Young children (NAEYC) Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. Learn more on the NAEYC website.

Past 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.
    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$
    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.

Upcoming Events

Thu 21

Environments that Speak to Us

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 23

KickStart 102

January 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm