Quality Counts Siskiyou

Raising the Quality

of Early Learning and Care



Resources for Providers


Early Care and Education

Resources for Parents

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 FFNs (family, friends, and neighbors that provide child care), playgroups, family child care homes, early childhood centers, and preschools that voluntarily commit to continuous quality improvement.

Center ratings (based on state and nationally recognized standards) provide an additional tool for families as they find the best setting for their child.

Are you a Siskiyou Early Childhood Care Provider and/or Educator interested in participating in Quality Counts Siskiyou?

Quality Counts Siskiyou

Rated Sites ~ Current as of July 1, 2023

Site Name


Tier Rating

Rating Expiration Date

Big Springs
Child Care Center
Montague 5 6/30/28
Dunsmuir Elementary
State Preschool
Dunsmuir 5 6/30/28
Fort Jones Elementary
State Preschool
Fort Jones 5 6/30/28
McCloud Elementary State Preschool McCloud 5 6/30/28
Montague Elementary
State Preschool
Montague 5 6/30/28
SCCC (Siskiyou Child Care Council)
State Preschool
Weed 5 6/30/28
SCOE (Siskiyou County
Office of Education)
State Preschool
Yreka 5 6/30/28

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

For more information, go to

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 rates only center-based programs that voluntarily commit to an external rating process. We do not rate family childcare homes. Environmental and teacher-child interaction assessments are based on point in time observations. If a site is not on this list, it does not imply level of quality. We strongly encourage parents to review the Choosing High Quality Early Care & Education section of this website before choosing any program. (See also “Quality Counts Siskiyou Participants” below.)

Quality Counts Siskiyou Participants

Who are the participants?

Quality Counts Siskiyou (QCS) participants include license-exempt FFNs (families, friends and neighbors providing childcare), family childcare homes, private centers, all Siskiyou County state preschool programs, and all Siskiyou Head Start and Early Head Start center-based programs.

All QCS programs voluntarily commit to a continuous quality improvement process based on their particular needs, interests, and capacity. QCS participants have access to coaching support, trainings, technical assistance, classroom materials, equipment, and incentives to help them realize their site’s unique goals.

Quality Counts Siskiyou offers incentives, classroom equipment and materials, coaching, professional development trainings, and peer learning opportunities. To learn more, contact Karen Pautz at karenpautz@first5siskiyou.org or at 530.918.7222.

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