Steps To Quality

Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)

Steps To Quality is Idaho's child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which measures the quality of care in center and home-based child care settings.

Children benefit from high-quality early care and education. Steps To Quality provides child care programs with a set of tools to cultivate a high-quality setting.

IdahoSTARS offers a sustainable plan for the growth of a business and measures the developing quality of a child care program. We then publicly recognize a program's success and share it with families throughout Idaho. The goal of Steps To Quality is to help Idaho's child care programs provide a setting where all children thrive. At each step, we'll help programs grow quality in the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Staff education
  • Classrooms and playground
  • Inclusion of all children
  • Partnerships with families and communities
  • Professional business practices

Participation in Steps To Quality is a smart choice which demonstrates a program's commitment to excellence in child care. Space in Steps To Quality is limited, so plant the seed today!


Growing Quality Child Care at Each Step

In Steps to Quality, a program evolves as it moves from step to step. A successful program implements the quality indicators in its current step, while maintaining the quality of the previous steps. Continuous quality improvement has deep roots.