Quality Counts


Why is Quality Important?

Research shows that children who attend high quality early childhood programs are happier,
more confident, more successful, and better prepared for the future. These children often enter Kindergarten more focused, more comfortable in a school setting, and with skills to grow as learners.
It is often easier for them to form friendships, cooperate, resolve conflict and express themselves
clearly and effectively. In addition, they are more likely to graduate from high school,
avoid juvenile delinquency, and earn higher salaries.

What is
Quality Counts Siskiyou?

Quality Counts Siskiyou (QCS) is a locally-implemented quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). It supports early childhood centers, preschools, and family child care homes that voluntarily commit to continuous quality improvement based on state and nationally recognized quality standards.

Ratings can provide an additional tool for families as they find the best setting for their child.

Quality Counts Siskiyou

Rated Sites

Site Name


Tier Rating

Fort Jones Elementary State PreschoolFort Jones5
Karuk Head StartHappy Camp4
Karuk Head StartYreka4
McCloud Elementary State PreschoolMcCloud4
SCOE (Siskiyou County Office of Education) State PreschoolYreka5
Shasta Head StartMount Shasta5
Shasta Head StartWeed5
Shasta Head StartYreka5
Siskiyou Early Head StartYreka4

How does the
rating system work?

Tier ratings are based on the Quality Counts CA state rating matrix. Sites are rated on a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 as the highest quality level. Quality Counts Siskiyou early care and education sites are assessed by independent observers who are experts in early childhood education.

Ratings are determined by calculating the number of points a site has earned for implementing quality practices in three core areas:

  • Child Development and School Readiness
  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Program and Environment

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What do the Tier Ratings mean?

Tier Rating 1

Meets minimum state licensing requirements
(All licensed family child care homes and licensed centers in good standing meet this tier level.)

Tier Rating 2

Demonstrates quality across some elements of the CA rating matrix

Tier Rating 3

Demonstrates quality across a significant number of elements on the Quality Counts CA rating matrix

Tier Rating 4

Demonstrates a high level of quality across a significant number of elements on the Quality Counts CA rating matrix

Tier Rating 5

Demonstrates excellent quality across all or most elements on the Quality Counts CA rating matrix

IMPORTANT NOTE: Quality Counts Siskiyou is a voluntary program. Currently, we do not have the capacity to provide services and ratings for all family child care homes and centers in the county. So if a site is not on this list, it does not imply level of quality. Some sites not listed above may be actively participating in Quality Counts Siskiyou and not yet rated. Environmental and teacher-child interaction assessments are based on point in time observations. We strongly encourage parents to also visit the How to Choose High Quality Early Care & Education and Finding Child Care & Early Education links on this website before choosing a program.

Quality Counts Siskiyou Participants

Who are the Participants?


Quality Counts Siskiyou (QCS) participants include all Siskiyou County state preschool programs and all Siskiyou Head Start and Early Head Start center-based programs. In addition, several family child care homes and private centers have chosen to participate.
We hope to expand as both interest and capacity allow.

All QCS programs voluntarily commit to a continuous quality improvement process based on state and nationally recognized quality standards. QCS programs have access to coaching support, trainings, technical assistance, classroom materials and equipment to help them realize their site’s ongoing quality improvement goals.

Quality Counts Siskiyou offers incentives, classroom equipment and materials, coaching, professional development trainings, and peer learning opportunities. To learn more, contact Emily at elacroix@first5siskiyou.org