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October 20, 2015

Head Start/Early Head Start Program Participating in Quality Rated State Program

Quality Rated is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early education and school age programs.  Similar to rating systems for other service related industries, Quality Rate assigns a quality rating to early education and school –age programs that meet a set of defined program standards. By participating in Georgia’s voluntary Quality Rated, programs are set on a path of continuous quality improvement.

Quality Rated offers several opportunities to help programs

  • Identify indicators that enhance children’s development and promote school readiness.
  • Increase quality of early care and education services.
  • Increase Families understanding and demand for higher quality early care and education.
  • Create a cross-sector framework that can link standards, technical assistance, monitoring, and consumer engagement for programs in a range of settings, including Head Start Programs, child care center, and family day care homes.

A growing body of research supports that the quality of care children receive in their child care setting dramatically affects their physical, mental, and academic development.

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