Programs and providers in Michigan monitored at a national level or at a state level beyond licensing are considered Alternate Path programs within Great Start to Quality. The programs and providers Great Start to Quality identifies as Alternate Path programs are:
- Great Start Readiness Programs
- Early Head Start
- Head Start
- Programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Alternate Path programs participating in the rating process may have the option of using a Great Start to Quality Approved Rater if they reach the on-site assessment step of the rating process.
In order to be a Great Start to Quality Approved Rater you must have all of the following:
- Appropriate training through HighScope in the Program Quality Assessment (Preschool, Infant-Toddler, Family Child Care).
- Annual reliability testing as defined by HighScope in the appropriate Program Quality Assessment.
- Not have supervisory responsibility for the program, classroom or staff that is being assessed (i.e. Director).
- Be free of conflict of interest according to a list of criteria.
- Complete the Great Start to Quality Approved Rater Certification Process, which includes an orientation webinar and follow-up questionnaire. The questionnaire follows the webinar session.
Approved Rater, after all documentation and verification is received and completed, will receive a certificate that designates them as an Approved Rater for the appropriate Program Quality Assessment. The Approved Rater will then be ready to complete the appropriate Program Quality Assessment.