Conflict of Interest Updates

If you are currently a Great Start to Quality Approved Rater, you will need to keep your conflict of interest information updated.

Questions about Approved Raters or Conflicts of Interests can be emailed to

Conflict of interest is defined as:

  • Having supervisory responsibility for the program, classroom or staff that is being assessed.
  • Having a personal relationship with the director, owner or staff of the program.
    • A personal relationship would be defined as a friend or family member.  An Approved Rater would not be able to conduct a PQA at a friend or family member’s program.  Specific situations can be shared during the Approved Rater certification process and will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • Having worked for the program in the past.
  • Having an employment or contractual relationship with a Great Start Collaborative, Great Start Parent Coalition or Great Start to Quality Resource Center to fulfill the duties of a Director/Coordinator, Parent Liaison, Quality Improvement Consultant or Quality Improvement Specialist.
  • Having a relationship with the program that results in financial benefit.