A New Model – A New Way of Thinking
Quality Improvement is a process; a journey that is continuous. The current focus on ratings for Great Start to Quality leaves providers “checking the box” in order to achieve a higher rating, rather than focusing as much as they could on true quality improvements.
Over the years providers have shared how the connection between Star ratings and other rating systems (Yelp, Google, etc.) gives families an inaccurate context for measuring program quality. With provider and stakeholder feedback, the Great Start to Quality Advisory Committee has developed a new model to better support program reflection and quality improvement. In this new model, there will also be indicators for self-reflection that will not be scored, but instead is used to inform quality improvement.
Levels of Quality
There will no longer be Star ratings but instead four Levels of Quality:
Maintaining Health and Safety
Maintains a licensing status of Original, Regular, or 1st Provisional
Reflecting on Quality
Completes and submits a Self-Reflection of the Quality Indicators
Creates one Action Item in the Quality Improvement Plan and assigns it to a person and with a due date
May choose to receive free coaching from a Great Start to Quality Resource Center or specific program coaching
Completes Action Item(s)
Meets threshold scores for program assessment
The process of quality improvement never ends. There is always new research and learnings in the field of Early Care and Education and in the new process, programs are encouraged and supported to continue to reflect on their practices, in line with the program’s philosophy. This can assist programs in creating goals for improvement to ensure the best quality care for the children and families they serve.
Some Things Change – Some Things Stay the Same
While many improvements to Great Start to Quality are taking place, there are also many parts of the process that will stay the same. Check out what is changing and what will stay the same.
As part of the revisions to Great Start to Quality, the Quality Indicators have been changes and revised based on best practices and feedback from stakeholders. The revised Quality Indicators will be shared in the coming months so providers have time to review and ask questions prior to the launch in February 2023.