History / Pilot Program

The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS), Office of Early Care and Education, (now Office of Early Learning and Development, under the Nevada Department of Education), in 2008 formed a committee to design and implement a QRIS for Nevada. Over 40 people representing more than 30 agencies participated on this project called the Nevada Silver State Stars QRIS (a 5-star model).


The purpose of the pilot project was to gather information and evaluate the criteria and design of the model. Centers
that participated in the pilot were not officially rated.

  • The pilot was limited to licensed child care centers in Southern Nevada. 
  • Through a random drawing, a total of 30 centers were selected.  
  • The pilot project was implemented for three years July 2009 - June 2012.

Centers that participated in the pilot project received:

  • A pre/post classroom assessment using the Environment Rating Scales (ERS)
  • Six months of intensive technical assistance
  • A grant based on the size of the center
  • A bonus for successfully completing the pilot requirements. 

Pre/post ERS assessments conducted by Nevada's ERS anchor assessor. Technical assistance provided by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Data collection and evaluation completed by the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy.

Pilot project evaluation reports are posted below

Centers included:

  • Acelero Head Start (MLK)
  • Acelero Head Start (Owens)
  • Candil Hall Early Childhood Education 
  • Children’s Choice Learning Center (Sunset Station)
  • Childtime Children's Center (Page)
  • Cinderella Careskool
  • Citibank Family Center 
  • CSN – ECE Lab School 
  • Community Church Christian Childcare and Preschool
  • Creative Kids Learning Center (Farm) 
  • Faith Lutheran Preschool
  • Hill & Dale Child Development Center
  • Kids R Kids (Cimmaron)
  • Kids R US Academy 
  • La Petite Academy (Centennial)
  • La Petite Academy (Rainbow)
  • Montessori Visions
  • Mountain Heights Montessori
  • NCA Learning Center 
  • NCIC Learning Center  
  • Seton Academy West
  • Shenker Academy
  • Temple Beth Sholom Preschool
  • Tinkertown Learn & Play (Smoke Ranch)
  • Trinity Life Preschool 
  • Trinity United Methodist Christian Preschool 
  • UNLV/CSUN Preschool
  • Variety Early Learning Center 
  • Watch Me Grow   


Year 1 Evaluation Report

Year 2 Evaluation Report

Year 3 Evaluation Report

Year 4 Evaluation Report