What the Quality Elements Mean
Programs participating in Quality Counts have taken an important step in an ongoing effort to improve quality. Points are earned in each of the following elements, which are combined to determine an overall rating score, ranging from Licensed Quality to Excelling in Quality. This rating makes it easy for parents to identify quality providers, while giving providers the opportunity to clearly identify areas of improvement and promote their program with Quality Counts validation. Child care centers are rated on all 7 elements whereas family based programs are rated on 5 of the elements.