New Kids on the Block: Findings from the First Year of California’s State Preschool QRIS Block Grant

In June 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a budget act and related trailer bills that made new investments in California’s education system. Included in those provisions was the creation of an Early Learning Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant, an annual and ongoing Proposition 98 grant in the amount of $50 million awarded to counties to build their QRIS through California State Preschool Programs (CSPP). Recently proposed changes to the CSPP Block Grant raise concerns about the impact on California’s quality rating system and the future of the state’s involvement in quality improvement.