Providers & Educators

Great Start to Quality is getting an upgrade!

Coming October 2019

Based on your feedback, user-friendly improvements are being made to the system in which child care providers are rated for Great Start to Quality. You will be able to submit your Self-Assessment Survey, more easily save information, upload documents and create Quality Improvement Plans that help keep your quality improvement efforts on track. This page will be used to provide updates and the latest news about the upgrades and actions that programs must take to prepare for the transition. 

Timeline and Transition Dates

During the Great Start to Quality system upgrade, you will be unable to complete tasks inside STARS for a short period of time. 

  • September 22- September 30: There will be a period of downtime in order to complete the full upgrade. While the exact timeframe has not yet been determined, it will be shared once it has been finalized. 
  • October 1: Upgraded system will be in place for all users. 

 

Extending Expiration Dates

 

HighScope has revised its tool for on-site assessment of preschool classrooms creating the PQA-R, and it will be in use beginning July 1. Because HighScope is transitioning to the PQA-R for preschool classrooms Great Start to Quality will not conduct on-site assessments for programs with one or more preschool classrooms until the upgraded system is in place on October 1. It is important to note that only the preschool PQA will be changing. 

 

The most important part of this transition is that providers with a current published rating and an Organization profile in MiRegistry will maintain their rating through the upgrade, unless their rating expires. For those programs who are in the rating process, any incomplete Self-Assessment Survey (SAS) information will not be saved through the upgrade.

It is recommended that programs save any documents used as evidence in their SAS, as these documents will not be saved in the system during upgrade. Currently rated programs will have access to their most recent SAS or Validation report in the upgraded system through their Organization Profile.

*Please note: This timeline also applied to OST only programs who currently submit their Self-Assessment for Great Start to Quality through SurveyMonkey. Beginning October 1, OST only programs will complete their rating in the upgraded system.

It's connected to MiRegistry

  • Because you have to provide the same information to multiple organizations, updates to the Great Start to Quality system will include a connection with MiRegistry, Michigan's Professional Development Registry. Any information your program has in MiRegisty related to staff education and training will transfer right into your Self-Assessment Survey. This means your program's information will live in one place and you will not have to enter the information multiple times. 
  • If you already have an Individual account in MiRegistry, great! You are ahead of the game. If not, learn how to create an Individual account. Your staff will need an account too. 
  • If your program already has an Organization profile as well, even better! The program will be able to easily access your information when the transition takes place in September. If not, learn how to create an Organization profile.

It's Mobile Friendly 

  • You won't need a computer or a scanner to complete your Self-Assessment Survey with the new updates. You will also be able to easily access the system with a smartphone or tablet, in addition to being able to use a computer or laptop. You will also be able to take photos of documents and quickly upload them into the survey. In a future communication, we will share how there will no longer be a need to link documents to indicators.