About Great Start to Quality

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. We also help Michigan families find and choose quality child care 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, Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten and Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality. 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.

Great Start to Quality also offers local Resource Centers in each region. These Resource Centers are a part of Great Start to Quality System and help providers with training and families with their child care search. 

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.

How Does Great Start to Quality Work?

Great Start to Quality uses more than 40 different program quality indicators within five categories to measure the quality of child care, preschool and schoolage only programs, helping programs provide quality care.

Why Does High-Quality Care Matter?

Children learn so much in their first five years. Quality child care, preschool and schoolage only programs help children learn, grow and develop; setting the foundation for children to be successful in school, work and life.

Searching for child care, preschool or schoolage only programs?

Great Start to Quality provides you with the information and resources needed to determine the best type of care for your child.

Want to Participate?

By participating in the Great Start to Quality rating process, you will have additional resources and services made available to help you provide the best care possible.