Quality Rating 5

You are a superhero in the work you do every day. Quality Rating 5 is your program’s chance to be a Maryland EXCELS superhero.

Quality Rating 5 reflects a commitment to the highest quality standards in the Maryland EXCELS System. At this level, quality practices are evident in a range of family engagement opportunities, demonstrated cultural competence, and curriculum-based learning experiences. In addition, programs complete the accreditation process to achieve this highest quality rating.

The menu above allows you to access helpful information and tools by individual quality rating levels. The checklist below provides a snapshot view of Quality Rating 5 across all content areas.

Checklist for Quality Rating 5

Checklist for Quality Rating 5

Licensing & Compliance (LIC)

Licensing (LIC 1.5)

Compliance (LIC 2.5)

Enforcement (LIC 3.5)

Staff Qualifications & Professional Development (STF)

Education / Experience (STF 1.5)

Administrative Policies & Practices (ADM)

Information & Policies (ADM 1.5)

Receipt of Policies (ADM 2.5)

CACFP (ADM 3.5)

Nutritious Meals & Snacks (ADM 4.5)

Family Engagement (ADM 5.5)

Family Conferences (ADM 6.5)

IFSP / IEP (ADM 7.5)

Staff Meetings (ADM 8.5)

Performance Evaluations (ADM 9.5)

Staff Policies & Handbook (ADM 10.5)

Staff Receipt of Handbook (ADM 11.5)

Salary & Benefits (ADM 12.5)

Community Resources (ADM 13.5)

Transition Plan (ADM 15.5)

Checklist for Quality Rating 5

Licensing & Compliance (LIC) for School-Age Only

Licensing (LIC 1.5)

Compliance (LIC 2.5)

Enforcement (LIC 3.5)

Staff Qualifications & Professional Development (STF) for School-Age Only

Education / Experience (STF 1.5)

Accreditation & Rating Scales (ACR) for School-Age Only

Accreditation (ACR 1.5)

Program Assessment (ACR 2.5)

Program Improvement Plan (ACR 3.5)

Administrative Policies & Practices (ADM) for School-Age Only

Information & Policies (ADM 1.5)

Receipt of Policies (ADM 2.5)

CACFP (ADM 3.5)

Nutritious Meals & Snacks (ADM 4.5)

Family Engagement (ADM 5.5)

Family Communication (ADM 6.5)

IFSP / IEP (ADM 7.5)

Staff Meetings (ADM 8.5)

Performance Evaluations (ADM 9.5)

Staff Policies & Handbook (ADM 10.5)

Staff Receipt of Handbook (ADM 11.5)

Salary & Benefits (ADM 12.5)

Community Resources (ADM 13.5)

Transition Plan (ADM 15.5)