Child Care Providers Located In Linking Families And Communities Region Achieve Quality Rating Through The Iowa Quality Rating System

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Linking Families and Communities congratulates the area child care providers that achieved the Quality rating through the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) in January. The QRS is a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and child care programs that are operated by school districts.

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“The QRS rating system is another way we can provide our parents more information on child care providers,” says Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS) is a voluntary child care rating program for DHS Licensed Centers, DHS Licensed Preschools, Department of Education programs and Child Development Homes. QRS was developed to raise the quality of child care in Iowa, raise the number of children in high-quality child care settings and to educate parents about quality in child care.

Linking Families and Communities region covers the counties of Webster, Calhoun and Pocahontas. The child care providers in these counties that received the Quality rating in January include Dodger Preschool in Fort Dodge and Kids Palace Childcare in Farnhamville.

QRS uses a rating system geared toward increasing quality. Participating providers are rated with 1 to 5 stars, depending on how many improvement steps they are awarded.

Ratings reflect information provided by the program at their time of rating. If a program’s child care license or registration is revoked during the rating period, their QRS rating is also revoked. The QRS status of a program does not reflect other infractions that may occur during the certification period. In choosing a child care program, parents should discuss the current licensing status with the program and be aware that child care centers are required to prominently post provisional licenses.

“The QRS rating system is another way we can provide our parents more information on child care providers,” says Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities. “Having a QRS rating system provides additional accountability of our child care providers for our families that we serve.”

Linking Families and Communities provides resources and assistance to families to build healthy bonds between parents and their children and is a recipient of Early Childhood Iowa funds. Located at 822 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA. For more information visit http://www.linking-families.com or call 515-955-5437.

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