How Programs Earn Ratings
Step 1: Meet pre-requirements.
To participate in ABC Quality, an early childhood program must be licensed or approved by DSS or exempt from licensing. Registered providers do not qualify for ABC Quality.
Step 2: Complete program evaluation.
The strengths of a child care program are scored based on onsite observations for each age group and in both indoor and outdoor environments. How well a provider performs in the following three elements establishes the program’s level of quality:
Step 3: Earn score & quality rating from ABC Quality.
How well a program exhibits its strengths during the assessment translates into a rating from A+ thru C. ABC Quality helps providers identify service areas that can be strengthened to improve their rating and offer continuous quality improvement to the program.