Providers & Educators

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Parents searching for quality child care and preschool go to to view provider profiles.


Great Start to Quality is here to help you reach your highest potential as a caregiver and early childhood educator.  Whether you work in a licensed early learning program or provide unlicensed, but publicly subsidized care, Great Start to Quality will help you give the best care you can.


Common Questions from Providers & Educators

Q.  Why is quality child care/preschool so important?

A.  A child's brain grows more in its first five years of life than it ever will again. By age 5, 90% of the brain's wiring has been set for life. How it is set depends on the child's early experiences. Loving and supportive people and settings help the brain grow.  Learn More


Q.  How does Great Start to Quality help my program?

A.  Great Start to Quality helps you assess and improve your program, and offers a rating system to demonstrate your success to parents and grow your business.  Learn More

Q.  How can I find out how my program rates?

A. Great Start to Quality ratings can be found at

Q.  What supports are available to help me improve my program?

A.  Great Start to Quality provides a roadmap for you to improve the quality of your program. Trained consultants are available to guide you through the rating process and steps to improve your ratings, including training opportunities and workforce development.  Learn More


Q. I am a GSRP, HS or NAEYC accredited program using an Approved Rater to conduct my PQA®.  I understand I need a Classroom ID for my PQA® score to count.  What is that and where do I find it?

A.   Alternate Path programs using an Approved Rater to conduct their Great Start to Quality Program Quality Assessment® (PQA®) must log into their STARS profile and locate the unique Classroom ID for each classroom to be assessed.

• The Classroom ID is automatically generated in the STARS platform and includes the program’s license number.

•  The program must provide the Classroom ID(s) to the Approved Rater.

•  The Approved Rater must enter the unique Classroom ID in the online PQA® for the classroom being assessed.

•  If the unique Classroom ID generated in the STARS platform is not used, the PQA® conducted by the Approved Rater will not count for Great Start to Quality.


Click here for step by step guidance on how to locate and use the Classroom ID.