Iowa Quality Rating System

Welcome to Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS), a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and Child care programs that are operated by school districts.

The QRS was developed:
  • to raise the quality of child care in Iowa
  • to increase the number of children in high-quality child care settings
  • to educate parents about quality in child care
There are five levels in the QRS.  For a program to be rated at:
     Level 1:  all the Level 1 criteria must be met. 
     Level 2:  all the Level 1 and Level 2 criteria must be met. 
     Levels 3-5:  all the Level 1 and Level 2 criteria must be met, and then the program must earn a minimum of one point in each of the Level 3-5 categories.  For levels 3-5, the level is determined by the total number of points earned. 
 
The charts below outline the criteria for homes and centers.