Keys to Quality


Supporting Quality Early Care and Education in Yuba, Sutter, and Colusa Counties


Visit the Quality Counts CA website for state-wide information on high quality early care and education.



Why Choose a Keys to Quality Program?


Keys to Quality eligible programs serve a variety of settings, including private center-based programs, Family Child Care, Early Head Start/Head Start, State-funded Preschool and Child Care Programs, First 5 Early Learning Programs, and Title 1 Preschool Programs. In addition, Keys to Quality offers services to other settings serving children 0-5 and their families.



Keys to Quality Programs are engaged in addressing evidence-based quality indicators targeted through self-assessment and independent, reliable observation.




These quality indicators predict better outcomes for children as they prepare for school academically, socially, and emotionally. These outcomes persist, leading to healthy and productive individuals through childhood and well in to the adult years.


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Keys to Quality is a regional Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a comprehensive system of supporting quality for providers of early care and education from birth through age 5. Providers participate in this voluntary program, focusing on child development and school readiness, teachers and teaching, and program and environment. Programs complete a process of self-study and external professional review to assist in developing targeted site quality improvement plans.

Keys to Quality coordinates services with the following programs:  California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC), Yuba-Sutter Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Education Standards (CARES Plus), Sutter County Children & Families Commission, First 5 Yuba, First 5 Colusa, Children’s Home Society of California, Yuba County Office of Education, Colusa County Office of Education, and Sutter County Superintendent of Schools




Funded by the California Department of Education, Early Education Support Division with Federal Quality Improvement Funds, First 5 California, Sutter County Children & Families Commission, First 5 Yuba,

First 5 Colusa



Keys to Quality Brochure - Spanish