Over the last year, thousands of child care providers, families, and partners shared their input on how best to improve Great Start to Quality (GSQ). One of the first goals for improvement is to simplify the Quality Indicators, making them easier for child care providers to understand and more relevant to home-based providers.
To make sure the changes meet this goal, while continuing to measure different quality levels, we invited child care providers from across Michigan to review the revised Quality Indicators.
Providers helped to see if the language is clearer and to:
Compare program scores between the current GSQ Quality Indicators and proposed indicators
- Develop the points structure for the revised indicators
- Determine the right number of Star levels
- Ensure language was clear and supportive
A small $200 stipend was given to providers who completed the pilot process as a thank you.
The first pilot took place through April 2021. Over 400 providers expressed interest and 206 were chosen to represent diverse program types, ages served, and locations across the state. 105 programs completed the pilot process. 13 programs had an optional CLASS observation. Unfortunately, there was too little data for researchers to make any strong conclusions about scoring or rating levels. 40 programs were interested in sharing feedback or asking more questions and so several participated in one-on-one interviews.
The second pilot began on June 11, 2021 and included invitations to remaining providers from the original 400 respondents that did not participate in Pilot 1. 129 programs participated and gave great feedback. Pilot 2 did not include CLASS observations.