Quality Start Riverside County’s success relies, in large part, on educators and parents understanding and utilizing the system. For early educators, this means that they understand and value the benefits of quality improvement through QRIS participation. For parents, this means understanding the importance of quality improvement and utilizing ratings information to inform their child care choices.
As part of its strategic planning process, Quality Start surveyed early childhood educators in child care centers and family child care programs, and parents of children ages birth through five. Survey questions asked them about their understanding of early learning quality and their views on and awareness of Quality Start Riverside County.
The survey results provide a picture of how parents and educators view quality, and offer valuable insight that can help shape strategies to expand awareness and engagement in Quality Start.