Childcare Quality System

childcare-quality-system-logo-clear-pngMono and Alpine County Childcare Quality System 

The goal of the Childcare Quality System is to increase the quality of child care and support family engagement throughout Mono and Alpine Counties by building a skilled and stable childcare workforce. The Childcare Quality System works directly with licensed family and center-based childcare providers who provide much of the available publication1child care in Mono and Alpine Counties.

The Childcare Quality System rewards the pursuit of early child development training among child care professionals; promotes retention of committed, qualified early child care teachers and providers; and encourages advancement on the Child Development Training Consortium’s Child Development Permit Matrix.

The emphasis of the Childcare Quality System is to:

  1. Support providers’ knowledge of, or assessment in, standard assessment tools such as: CLASS–an interaction-based assessment and ERS–the Environmental Rating Scale.
  2. Support providers’ use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires to assess students’ development
  3. Provide professional development
  4. Support the creation and implementation of an annual site plan

To see the Mono Alpine Childcare Quality System Plan, click here. To learn about the federal Quality Rating Improvement System, which the Mono Alpine Childcare Quality System Plan is modeled after, please follow these links:
Harvard QRIS Forum
CA Department of Education
EdSource QRIS article


  • The Childcare Quality System is open to all licensed sites in Mono and Alpine Counties serving children ages birth to five. Depending on the funding source for the site, different agencies may offer quality support.
    • For California State Preschool sites: Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Child Development Division (funded by the California Department of Education-Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)), & Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA) (funded by the California Department of Education AB-212 program).
    • For all other sites: First 5 Mono & First 5 Alpine (funded by First 5 California-Improve and Maximize all Programs so Children Thrive (IMPACT))
      • For sites served through First 5 Mono or Alpine, Stipends are awarded to participating sites based on 3 factors:
        • The number of children served
        • The level of work in the system the site chooses to accomplish (Step 1, 2, or 3) find out more about the Steps here.
        • The number of points earned in the California Quality Continuum Framework Rating Matrix (click here for the matrix). For detailed information about how every point is earned, refer to the Consortia Implementation Guide found here.

View our 2017-18 Mono-Alpine Childcare Quality System Application
View our 2017-18 Mono-Alpine Childcare Quality System Application in Spanish

View our 2017-18 Professional Development & Training Schedule

This Project also assists with:

2017 Childcare Quality System Sites:

 A star indicates a site that is a Step 3 and implements all elements of quality. To learn about the Steps click here. The number of stars is the site’s rating using the California Quality Continuum Framework Rating Matrix found here.

Mono County

Childcare Centers:
Bridgeport Elementary Preschool
Edna Beaman Elementary Preschool
IMACA Head Start/State Preschool–Mammoth Lakes (rated by Inyo County Superintendent of Schools using their Quality Counts Matrix found here)
IMACA State Preschool–Coleville
IMACA Head Start/State Preschool–Lee Vining (rating anticipated June 2017)
Mammoth Kids Corner
Mammoth Lutheran Preschool
Mountain Warfare Training Child Development Center (Coleville)

Family Childcare:
Carmen Garcia Day Care – Carmen Garcia
Chavez Family Day Care – Patricia Chavez
Cherubs Academy – Etelvina Rios
Courtney Singer Day Care – Courtney Singer
Flores Family Day Care – Josefina Flores
Garcia Family Day Care – Oralia Garcia
Garcia Maria Day Care – Maria Martinez de Garcia
Kindred Spirits School – Caitlin Wellwood
Maria Garcia Family Day Care – Maria Guadalupe Barajas de Garcia
Vasquez Family Day Care – Guillermina Vasquez

Alpine County

Alpine Early Learning Center Preschool Room (rated by Inyo County Superintendent of Schools using their Quality Counts Matrix found here)
Alpine Early Learning Center Infant Toddler Room
Busy Bears Playschool


For more information, please contact:
Didi Tergesen, IMPACT Coordinator, email
PO Box 130, 365 Sierra Park Road, Building M
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
PH: 760-924-7626
FAX: 760-934-8443

To find care with a Childcare Provider, please contact Mono County’s Resource and Referral agency, Community Connections for Children, through IMACA, at 760-934-3343.