Priority 3: Competitive Preference Priority - Including all Early Learning and Development Programs in the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System
To receive competitive preference under this priority, the State's Plan must be designed to increase the number of children from birth to kindergarten entry who are participating in programs that are governed by the State's licensing system and quality standards, with the goal that all licensed or State-regulated programs will participate. The State must demonstrate in its application that--
- It has a licensing and inspection system that covers all programs that are not otherwise regulated by the State and that regularly care for two or more unrelated children for a fee in a provider setting, or that it has a High-Quality Plan to implement such a system by June 30, 2013; and
- All licensed or State-regulated Early Learning and Development Programs participate in the State's Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System, or that it has a High-Quality Plan to implement such a system by June 30, 2013.