​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 2017-2018
Center and Family Child Care Home Individual Goals and Objectives Action Plan 2017-2018
Contacts - Staff List
Debarment Form and Completion Instructions
Family Child Care Home and Center Staff Educator Survey Fillable
Incentive Guidelines Chart Placer County
Incentive Plan Program Year July 1, 2017-June, 30, 2018
IRS Form W9 12.14
Mentor Application 2017-2018
Participants Placer Site September 2017
Professional Development Certification of Completion Form 2017-2018
Quality Award Stipend
Quality Framework Highlights Centers 2017-2018
Quality Framework Highlights Family Child Care Homes 2017-12018
Site Enrollment Application
Site Visit Form
Statement of College Completion Form 2017-2018
Stipend Application 2017-2018
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