Great Start to Quality (GSQ) Quality Rating and Improvement System—Program Quality Assessment Project (QRIS—PQA). Great Start to Quality (GSQ) is Michigan's tiered quality rating and improvement system that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs that meet their children's needs.
The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), an independent and publicly owned nonprofit that implements the GSQ, transitioned the assessment component of QRIS work to HighScope in January 2015. HighScope's Research Department leads this project, with input and support from the Early Childhood and Educational Services Departments at HighScope. HighScope oversees the GSQ Assessment Specialists who conduct the HighScope Preschool, Infant-Toddler, and Family Child Care Program Quality Assessments (PQAs) for programs who want to participate in the GSQ. The Assessment Specialists are a team of early childhood professionals who have received PQA training and are required to complete annual reliability testing in the PQA(s) for which they have been trained. HighScope staff also oversee the implementation of the Approved Rater certification process. GSQ includes an Alternate Path for eligible Great Start Readiness Programs, Head Start programs, and programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children®. These programs can request a certified Approved Rater to conduct their PQAs for Great Start to Quality.
Visit the Great Start to Quality website for more information.