Quality Rating and Improvement System

A Quality Rating and Improvement System for Idaho's child care facilities

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) provides tools and resources to child care programs to help them improve quality. The QRIS launched in 2010 and has been undergoing revision over the last year.

IdahoSTARS is excited to announce that the new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), called Steps to Quality, will be available to Idaho's child care providers in July, 2014. The new system is designed to celebrate and reward child care programs that choose to participate in quality improvement activities.

IdahoSTARS has been working on the QRIS revision for the last year by gathering feedback from stakeholders across the state including child care providers, directors, teachers, parents, national partners, and many early childhood professionals. The new QRIS incorporates best practices from other QRIS programs across the country, and is also tailored specifically for Idaho's unique child care environment.

IdahoSTARS is excited to celebrate and promote child care programs and providers who choose to deliver quality care to Idaho's most valuable resource – our children. We are committed to the continuous quality improvement of all of our programs, including the Quality Rating and Improvement System.


The Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) are used in both the current and pending QRIS. These resources are a guide to understanding and using the scales in any child care setting.