The Iowa Quality Rating System for Child Care Providers (QRS) is a voluntary program that rates child care providers on quality indicators such as professional development; health and safety; environment; family and community partnerships; and leadership and administration. Established in 2005 by the state legislature, QRS is designed to make providers aware of the many paths and steps they can take to improve the quality of their care. The system also offers parents another resource in evaluating and selecting a child care provider.
The Scott County Family Y Palmer Learning Center is one of only seven licensed child care centers in Scott County to receive this rating, showing that the YMCA goes above and beyond state licensing standards. "We believe that quality is an ongoing process and we continually strive towards maintaining and improving the quality of care we provide, said Deb Gustafson, Executive Director, YMCA Child Care & Family Services. "This rating shows that our programs and staff are committed to nurturing the whole child, and his or her family, all while making sure they have a healthy and safe environment to grow and learn in."
As Scott County's largest child care provider, YMCA Child Care & Family Services offers a variety of educational programming for children beginning as young as 6-weeks with infant care to toddler and preschool programming. Before and after school child care is also available for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Each YMCA child care site is state licensed and staff members receive extensive training and go through rigorous background checks. Enrollment is open without decimation to any child and registration is first come, first serve. For more information about the programs and services offered through the Scott County Family Y Child Care & Family Services, call (563) 323-4668 or visit www.ScottCountyFamilyY.org.