Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs that meet their children’s needs.
Great Start to Quality is made up of five categories of program quality indicators, aligned with Michigan's Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs and Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten. These program quality indicators are used to rate child care and preschool programs to ensure Michigan’s youngest children have high-quality early learning experiences.
The Michigan Department of Education - Office of Great Start is the lead agency with funding from the federal Child Care Development Block Grant. The Early Childhood Investment Corporation, an independent and publicly-owned nonprofit organization, is directly responsible for the implementation of Great Start to Quality.