Steps to Quality

Idaho's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Steps to Quality is Idaho’s child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which measures the quality of care in center and home-based child care settings.

Children benefit from high quality early care and education. Steps to Quality provides child care programs with a set of tools to cultivate a high quality setting.

IdahoSTARS offers a sustainable plan for the growth of a business and measures the developing quality of a child care program. We then publicly recognize a program’s success and share it with families throughout Idaho. The goal of Steps to Quality is to help Idaho’s child care programs provide a setting where all children thrive. At each step, we’ll help programs grow quality in the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Staff education
  • Classrooms and playground
  • Inclusion of all children
  • Partnerships with families and communities
  • Professional business practices

Participation in Steps to Quality is a smart choice which demonstrates a program’s commitment to excellence in child care. Space in Steps to Quality is limited, so plant the seed today!


Complete or Download the Steps to Quality Interest Form

Steps to Quality, Step 7.

Growing Quality Child Care at Each Step