Self-Assessment Survey

The Great Start to Quality Self-Assessment Survey allows programs to evaluate and provide evidence of quality program practices as they relate to the Great Start to Quality Program Quality Indicators.

Completing the Self-Assessment Survey

  • Select the Great Start to Quality Indicators that reflect what is true for the program.
    • Based on the program quality indicators selected on the Self-Assessment Survey, upload documents to support those selections.
  • Before submitting the Self-Assessment Survey, review the Employees tab to see that MiRegistry Memberships are showing a status of Awaiting Print or Current.
    • Only Qualifications and Professional Development verified through the MiRegistry membership process will count towards the Self-Assessment Survey for Great Start to Quality.
  • Organizations can begin working on the Self-Assessment Survey while the MiRegistry membership process is taking place.
  • Once you complete the Self-Assessment Survey and upload documentation to support your selections, you are ready to submit your Self-Assessment Survey.

Watch the video and review the guide on how to complete and submit the Self-Assessment Survey and please contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center online or by calling 1-877-614-7328 if you need assistance.

Supporting Quality in the Midst of the Child Care Staffing Shortage

Great Start to Quality recognizes that having enough staff to support all children in care is an important measure of quality. According to LARA’s Child Care Licensing Bureau, child care staffing shortages throughout the state have made it difficult to find caregivers for our youngest Michiganders. With over 9,000 vacancies, shortages of staff are impacting the industry’s ability to serve children and families.   LARA’s Child Care Licensing Bureau has implemented requests for exceptions to the rules for hiring new staff. These variances ensure that newly hired staff are receiving the on-the-job training of staff and continued education.

In support of this child care licensing change, Great Start to Quality has updated the qualification section of the Self-Assessment Survey to award credit for the variance to support continued program quality, through February of 2023.

If staff fall under the allowable variance with LARA, they will be required to meet the following:

1.   All employees are connected to Organization Profile
2.   All employees have the correct position title(s)*
3.   All employees have an individual membership status (Applied, Materials Received, Awaiting Print, Current, Expired)

*If a staff member has more than one position with the program, all positions must be listed. If a staff member was hired within 90 days of the SAS submission, they must meet all requirements for Proration of Qualifications. 

Approved Screening and Assessment Tool Update

The Great Start to Quality Approved Screening, Assessment, and Curriculum list has been updated to remove the screening and assessment tools that are no longer published, are not readily available, have been updated, and are not comprehensive. Review the list of approved screening and assessment tools. It is important to note that prior versions of tools will no longer count for Great Start to Quality.

Proration of Qualifications

Great Start to Quality will begin prorating qualifications for employees hired within 90 days of Self-Assessment Survey submission. This change is being implemented to ensure that new employees have time to submit qualifications to MiRegistry for review and membership processing. It is important to note that while we will be prorating employment, all employees must be linked in the Employees tab of the Organization Profile regardless of their hire date.

  • Staff hired within the last 90 days
    • Do not need a membership status 
    • Qualifications are not reviewed   
  • Staff employed longer than 90 days 
    • Need a membership status of Awaiting Print, Current, or Expired
    • Qualifications are reviewed using the Staff Qualification report 
  • When there is only one staff person for each position (e.g., administrator, director, lead, assistants) and they were hired within the last 90 days 
    • Need a membership status of Awaiting Print, Current, or Expired
    • Qualifications are reviewed using the Staff Qualification report 
  • When all staff for each position (e.g., administrator, director, lead, assistants) were hired within the last 90 days at least one staff person in each position
    • Need a membership status of Awaiting Print, Current, or Expired
    • Qualifications are reviewed using the Staff Qualification report 

MiRegistry membership status of Awaiting Print, Current, or Expired will allow validation staff access to the employee’s verified qualifications.

Understanding the Self-Assessment Survey

Need help understanding the indicators on your Self-Assessment Survey?  Refer to the Program Quality Indicator Guidance Document for the program’s Self-Assessment Survey type.

Search for Professional Development that Earn Credit for Great Start to Quality

Submit a Self-Assessment Survey

Learn how to complete and submit a Self-Assessment Survey.

Approved, Screening, Assessment, and Curriculum

Learn more about which child screening, assessment and curriculum tools have been approved for use by the Department of Education.

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