Great Start to Quality is getting an upgrade!
Coming October 2019
Based on your feedback, user-friendly improvements are being made to the system in which child care providers are rated for Great Start to Quality. You will be able to submit your Self-Assessment Survey, more easily save information, upload documents and create Quality Improvement Plans that help keep your quality improvement efforts on track. This page will be used to provide updates and the latest news about the upgrades and actions that programs must take to prepare for the transition.
Timeline and Transition Dates
During the Great Start to Quality system upgrade, you will be unable to complete tasks inside STARS for a short period of time.
- September 22- September 30: There will be a period of downtime in order to complete the full upgrade. While the exact timeframe has not yet been determined, it will be shared once it has been finalized.
- October 1: Upgraded system will be in place for all users.
HighScope has revised its tool for on-site assessment of preschool classrooms creating the PQA-R, and it will be in use beginning July 1. Because HighScope is transitioning to the PQA-R for preschool classrooms Great Start to Quality will not conduct on-site assessments for programs with one or more preschool classrooms until the upgraded system is in place on October 1. It is important to note that only the Preschool PQA has changed.