(a) There is hereby established a voluntary quality rating system which will assess
quality in early care and education programs and school-age child care. For purposes of this section, early care and education programs and school-age child
care shall mean programs licensed under chapter 12.5 of title 42 and approved under
chapter 48 of title 16, including, without limitation, child care centers, family
child care homes, group family child care homes, school-age child care programs and
preschools, but excluding child placement agencies. The voluntary quality rating system is established to promote continuous quality
improvement of programs and to further the goals of Rhode Island's “starting right”
(b) The department of human services, the department of children, youth and families,
the department of health, the department of elementary and secondary education, and
other partners and agencies shall share information and work cooperatively with the
Rhode Island quality rating system, a public-private partnership, to ensure that Rhode
Island children have access to quality early care and education programs and school-age
(c) The voluntary quality rating system shall also provide a mechanism to gather data
about program quality, and shall report this information to parents, providers, and
other persons interested in the quality of early care and education programs and school-age
child care services in Rhode Island.
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