What is Silver State Stars Nevada QRIS?

The Quality Rating and Improvement System or QRIS is a national approach to creating a culture of continous quality improvment in early childhood settings across the country. The Silver State Stars QRIS is Nevada's approach to quality improvement. The Nevada Silver state stars QRIS is a 5-star system open to center based childcare, school based (or local education agency) pre K programs and family childcare programs.

What is defines a high quality early childhood program?

A high quality early childhood program is an inclusive environment that offers services at the highest possible levels for all children and families. These programs provide a safe environment, while promoting the physical, social emotional and cognitive development of all children. High quality environments celebrate and explore the culture, backgrounds and individuality of their children and families. The indicators of quality include, but are not limited to: policies, procedures and administrative practices that are best practices for the workforce, families and children. This would include ample age-appropriate materials; appropriate group size and ratios for each classroom and use of appropriate assessments to assess children’s learning and development. Teaching approaches are individualized for each child and are active, stimulating and engaging. Thoughtful standards about health and safety are considered at the licensing level and beyond. Families and community partners are included as valued partners and are invited into all aspects of care and education.  All of the indicators of quality combine together to create an environment that leads to the highest outcomes and lifelong success for the youngest learners in our state.

Are all childcare and Pre K programs required to participate in the QRIS? 

Childcare centers that provide servies to families paricipating in the childcare subsidy program are required to pariciptate in QRIS as of October 2018. 

Star Level Definitions

  HIGHEST QUALITY (Far exceeds high quality)

  QUALITY PLUS (Exceeds high quality standards)

  QUALITY (Meets high quality standards)

  PROGRESSING STAR (Approaching high quality standards)

  RISING STAR (Committed to quality improvement)

NO RATING (Program is not yet participating in the QRIS or is currently on the waitlist)


Silver State Stars QRIS is a 5-star system open to Center based childcare, School Based or Local Education Agency Pre K Programs and Family Childcare programs.

One Star centers have signed up for the QRIS coaching program. They are working on making center-wide improvements to their policies, procedures, classroom environments, and staff professional development. By participating, centers are demonstrating a commitment to improving quality.

It should be understood advancing from Star Level 1 to subsequent levels is an accomplishment that takes a significant amount of time and effort.