​Early Quality Matters (EQM)                      

​Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) is a voluntary program focused on providing information, resources and support to early care and education programs, including family child care homes, serving children birth through age 5.

The goal is to enhance the quality of early learning programs and recognize the wonderful work that is being done in our region.

The quality rating and improvement system program in Placer, Nevada and Sierra counties is called, Early Quality Matters and provides support in the following areas:

  • Child Development and School Readiness
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity
  • Effective Teacher-Child Interactions
  • Professional Development
  • Environment
  • Program Administration
  • Family Engagement
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Placer County Documents

Brochure: General Information - Early Quality Matters Program 
Center and Family Child Care Home Facility Action Plan Facility and/or Individual Goals and Objectives 2018-2019
Contacts - Staff List
Debarment Form and Completion Instructions
Family Child Care Home and Center Staff Educator Survey Fillable
Incentive Guidelines Chart Placer County
IRS Form W9 12.14
Kick-Off Event - September 11, 2018
Mentor Application 2018-2019
Participants Placer County Sites April 2018
Professional Development Certification of Completion 2018-2019
Quality Award Stipend
Quality Framework Highlights Centers
Quality Framework Highlights Family Child Care Homes
Site Enrollment Application
Site Visit Form
Statement of College Completion Form 2017-2018
Stipend Payment Request Form 2018-19
Workforce Registry - Instructions for Creating a User Account

​Sierra County Documents

Incentive Guidelines
Individual-Site Incentive Plan Fillable
Professional Development Certification of Completion Fillable
Professional Development Infant Toddler Specific Certification of Completion Fillable
Stipend Application Fillable


Link to Nevada County Documents