Here are the answers to some of our most asked questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, please contact us.
SDQPI is a systemic approach to assessing, improving and communicating the level of quality in early care and education programs. We do this through our Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which rates seven elements of quality, giving each participating program a tier rating (1-5). This system helps improve the quality of participating programs so they are better prepared to help all children grow socially, emotionally, and physically in a healthy environment, with knowledgeable and caring providers who engage children in a range of enriching activities.
In addition to the rated items, parents should also keep in mind these additional considerations when choosing an early care and education program to best support the needs of their family:
San Diego County offers a variety of program settings from which parents can choose an early care and education provider best suited to their child and unique situation. These settings include: center-based programs subsidized by the California Department of Education or Head Start; school district-based programs; college-based centers; for-profit, faith-based or non-profit centers; and family child care homes. Any of these setting may serve children from infancy through preschool.
To find a preschool, infant/toddler center, or family child care home that is participating in SDQPI visit our Program Finder.
Families can also call the YMCA Childcare Resource Service to determine which programs might meet their needs and can look for quality elements when visiting early learning settings to find the right match. Please call 619-521-3070 or 1-800-481-2151 to speak with a child care consultant or visit the Resource and Referral website.