Wednesday, July 1 to Friday, July 31

Let families know whether your program is open or closed. Complete a short survey in your Great Start to Quality profile. View results to see how many programs are open.

Providers & Educators

All programs and providers in the State of Michigan appear on Great Start to Quality as an Empty Star, meaning they are licensed. You can visit the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to learn more about how to become a licensed program or provider.

If you choose to participate in the Great Start to Quality rating process, you will obtain your published rating on a scale of one- to five-stars.

Great Start to Quality from Start to Finish

The chart and steps below show you the steps you will take when you choose to participate in the Great Start to Quality rating process.

Start to Finish Wheel


  • Become a Member of MiRegistry in order to have your qualifications, credentials, and professional development hours verified.
  • Create your program's Organization Profile.
  • Link yourself to the Organization Profile by indicating employment on the Employment tab of your Individual Account.  If you have staff, they should do the same.
    • Confirm staff employment in the Employees tab of the Organization Profile.

Learn about the connection between MiRegistry and Great Start to Quality and how to complete organization information.  Please contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center online or by calling 1-877-614-7328 if you need assistance.

  • The information in your application determines the right Self-Assessment Survey to complete for your program.
  • Review the information in the five (5) application sections: General Information, Licensing and Affiliations, Accreditation, Capacity, and Classrooms.
  • Use the Edit button at the top of the page to make changes.  You will need to know if your program:
    • Is a GSRP, Head Start or Early Head Start, serves Schoolagers Only, or if your program is NAEYC accredited.
  • Once all sections of the application are Confirmed, select the Submit Application button (located at the bottom of the page).

Learn how to apply for a star rating and please contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center online or by calling 1-877-614-7328 if you need assistance.

Learn how to add classroom information in the Organization Profile

  • Select the Great Start to Quality Indicators that reflect what is true for your program.
    • Based on the program quality indicators you select on your Self-Assessment Survey, upload documents to support those selections.
  • Once you complete the Self-Assessment Survey and upload documentation to support your selections, you are ready to submit your Self-Assessment Survey.

Learn how to complete and submit your Self-Assesment Survey.


  • You can begin creating Action Items for your Quality Improvement Plan to help you earn, maintain, and improve your Star rating.
    • The Quality Improvement Plan is available on the Case Overview as soon as the Organization Profile is created, allowing you to begin creating Action Items as soon as you would like.
  • Your Quality Improvement Plan within Great Start to Quality allows you to select the indicators you would like to work on.
    • You can identify goals, strategies and action steps to help in your quality improvement efforts.

At any point, after you have an Organization Profile in MiRegistry, you can access your Organization's Quality Improvement Plan to create and track goals for program quality improvement. Learn about these steps here

If your program is selected for validation after submitting your Self-Assessment Survey, you will be contacted by a Validator.

Validation includes:

  • Review of your Self-Assessment Survey and the documents uploaded.
  • A discussion with a Validator about your Self-Assessment Survey and documents. If there are any additional documents that need to be uploaded, you will be given a brief window of time after this discussion to do so.
  • A published rating is good for two years after the validation is complete. If your program receives a 4 or 5 Star validation, you will move on to the on-site assessment step of the rating process.
  • A Quality Improvement Consultant from your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center will contact you to discuss the validation results.

What to Expect

What to Expect Before, During and After the Validation

Once you have completed the validation call, you may have to upload additional documentation and resubmit the Self-Assessment Survey (SAS). Learn more about these stepes here

Great Start to Quality uses the Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tools from the HighScope Educational Research Foundation and the School-Age PQA with Extended Observation Scales tools from the Weikart Center for Youth Program Development for on-site assessments.   

The PQA used for your program will be at least one of the following:

  • The Infant-Toddler PQA
  • The Preschool PQA
  • The Family Child Care PQA
  • The School-Age PQA with Extended Obervation Scales

If you receive a 4 or 5 Star validation, you will be required to have an on-site assessment before you receive your published rating.  

  • You will be contacted by a member of the Assessment Team to gather information and answer any of your questions.
  • The on-site assessment is unannounced during a scheduled window of time. The goal is to complete the assessment during a typical day at your program, so you have the chance to give a small number of dates you know will not be a typical day for you (i.e. field trip days).
  • If you are not able to or choose not to have the on-site assessment completed at that time, you will be eligible to receive a 3 Star until you are ready to complete the process.
  • After the on-site assessment is complete, you will receive your results from a Quality Improvement Consultant from your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center.

What to Expect

What to Expect Before, During and After the On-site Assessmetn

On-Site Assessment Guidance Document

The On-Site Assessment Guidance Document prepares you for the on-site assessment of Great Start to Quality and assists you with understanding your results and answering any questions you may have about the assessment process.

Once the rating process is complete:

  • Your program will receive its published rating that appears on Great Start to Quality when families search for care.
  • This rating is good for two years from the date you receive your published rating.
  • If your program has made changes to improve your quality, you may apply for a new rating prior to your two-year anniversary date.