Funded by
First Five California

First Five Plumas

California Department of Education

Implemented by
Plumas Rural Services


Plumas STARS, Standards, Training, Assistance, Resources, and Support


Why Invest in Quality Early Learning?

  • Improve young children’s development
  • Enhance early learning experiences
  • Help close the school readiness gap
  • Improve health, social-emotional, and
    cognitive outcomes
Plumas Rural Services
Liz Welch, Early Learning Specialist
711 E. Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971
Telephone: (530) 283-2735 x *841
Plumas Early Education and
Child Care Council

Brenda Lory, Coordinator
1446 East Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971
Telephone: (530) 283-6557 x 5334
First 5 Plumas
Ellen Vieira, Executive Director
270 Hospital Road, Suite 206
Quincy, CA 95971
Telephone: (530) 394-7016

What is the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)?

QRIS is a voluntary program focused on providing information, resources, and support to early care and education programs, including family child care homes serving children from birth through age 5. Our goal is to enhance the quality of early learning programs and to recognize the wonderful work that is being done in our region. The QRIS program in Plumas County is called STARS and provides information, resources, and support in the following areas:

  • Child Development & School Readiness
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity
  • Effective Teacher-Child Interactions
  • Professional Development
  • Environment
  • Program Administration
  • Family Engagement


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Child Development and
School Readiness

  • Learn about and receive copies of the early learning development foundations and curriculum at no cost
  • Learn about and receive effective health promotion practices to keep your program healthy and safe
  • Receive tools and support for early
    identification and intervention services for children


Teachers and Teaching

  • Become part of a learning community focused on raising program quality
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Receive resources to enhance teacher-child interactions
  • Access to tuition reimbursement and ECE educational stipend programs


Program and Environment

  • Access resources and materials to enhance teaching, environments, and learning
  • Receive resources and support on leadership and program administration
  • Receive resources and support on family engagement practices


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Eligible Programs Serving Children Birth to Five Include:

  • State-funded Preschool and Child Care Programs
  • Private Center-based Programs
  • Family Child Care
  • Early Head Start/Head Start
  • Title 1 Preschool Programs
  • Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Providers
  • Alternative Sites Serving Young Children

Why should my program participate in QRIS?

  • No cost materials and supplies for your program
  • Receive ongoing support and resources that will benefit you and your staff
  • No cost workshops and training
  • Discover new ideas to enhance learning experiences for young children
  • Be part of a supportive network; share ideas
  • Receive information to help market your program
  • Receive recognition from families, peers, and community members for providing a high quality program