Kings County Cares About Quality

KCCAQ Program Vision

The Kings County Cares about Quality (KCCAQ) program is committed to developing, educating and supporting professionals in the Early Childhood Education field throughout Kings County.

Program Eligibility


  • Site must be in good standing with Community Care Licensing
  • Children must be 0-5 years of age
  • Must provide service and/or care for more than one child that is not your own
  • Site staff must participate in a minimum of 10 hours of Professional Development through KCCAQ program
  • Must be located in Kings County

Community Participants

  • Must work in a licensed center, licensed family child care home or non-licensed home, or work at alternate setting such as Family Resource Center or UCP Parent and Me program
  • Must work for a minimum of 15 hour per week and for at least 9 consecutive months during one program year
  • Must participate in a minimum of 10 hours of Professional Development through the KCCAQ program
  • Must work in Kings County

Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant

Kings County Office of Education participates in the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)!

A QRIS is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, QRIS award quality ratings to early and school-age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. By participating in their State’s QRIS, early and school-age care providers embark on a path of continuous quality improvement. Even providers that have met the standards of the lowest QRIS levels have achieved a level of quality that is beyond the minimum requirements to operate.

History of QRIS in Kings County

Initially with limited local funding, the consortium developed a quality rating tool called the Classroom Quality Assessment (CQA) based on the QRIS hybrid matrix and incorporated elements from the Child Signature Program (CSP) because the consortium knew that supporting the growth in quality of programs was important in improving early childhood education outcomes in the county. The instrument was piloted in 13 classrooms at 5 sites/schools over the last two years. In 2015 Kings County officially received the QRIS California State Preschool Programs (CSPP) Block Grant, which allowed the implementation of QRIS with State Funded Preschool Programs only. In 2016, KCCAQ received the First 5 Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive (IMPACT) grant, which allowed to for ALL early care and education settings in Kings County to be included in the local QRIS.

If you are a program director and interested in participating in this exciting opportunity, please reach out to Mona Aguilar at or call (559) 589-7077.