Providers & Educators

As of December 1, 2017, programs serving schoolagers only are eligible to participate in Great Start to Quality! Below you will find resources to support your program to understand and engage in this new opportunity. See below for how to get started.

Programs can achieve a Star rating that reflects quality above and beyond licensing requirements for out-of-school time (OST) programs.  All rated programs are able to share with families their commitment to improving the quality of their program. The process of continuous quality improvement is a journey. Great Start to Quality provides tools and resources for programs to do so in a self-reflective, supportive way.  Once a program achieves a Star rating, the information is posted for families. They can better identify which programs are high-quality and best meet the needs of their family. See more benefits for Programs and Families.

If you have questions or need assistance with the Self-Asessment Survey, contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center at 1.877.614.7328.

Understanding Your Self-Assessment Survey

If you need help understanding the Indicators on your Self-Assessment Survey, refer to the Program Quality Indicator Guidance for Out-of-School Time (5-12). 

Additional Information

The Great Start to Quality User Guide for Out-of-School Time is a helpful tool that will walk you through the steps of out-of-school time and help answer questions.