Quality rating & improvement

St. Paul Lutheran School has chosen to participate in Oregon's Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)--a program to raise the quality & consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. We are proud to report that we received a 4-Star Quality Program rating!

This quality rating means we exceed essential evaluation standards that support quality early learning for all children. We are committed to quality care and learning for all children, and know the first years of life build the foundation for lifelong learning & success. That's why we are among the first programs in the state to participate and receive a rating.  

This rating indicates that a program has a written philosophy that defines its values, beliefs, & goals as well as sustainable business practices that support quality care. The program uses a curriculum to guide activities. The children are with a consistent care provider who uses a set of guidelines for positive adult-child interactions. The program encourages basic hygiene, healthy eating, & fitness, including limiting screen time. The staff has specific training & education requirements & their professional development is supported. Families are engaged and indicate a high level of satisfaction with the program.  

We are particularly proud of our efforts in Learning & Development. We have implemented a professional development screening tool, Ages & Stages Questionnaire, which is administered within 30 days of a preschooler entering school. This program helps identify possible early childhood developmental delays for referral & further assessment. It also allows our teachers to provide individualized instruction in areas of need.  


why choose a program rated for quality care

  • Researchers have found that young children in high-quality early childhood care and education settings have better development of language skills, cognitive functioning, social skills, & emotional well-being. 
  • Healthy child development depends on a warm, nurturing caregiver-child relationship, a supportive environment, & appropriate activities which are found in high quality care & education settings.
  • Brain research shows that high quality early child care experiences expand your child's capacity to learn. Responsive & sensitive caregiving actually helps a child's brain grow & develop.
  • Current research shows that a child's self-regulation skills are a significant indicator of later school success & overall healthy development. High quality early childhood programs foster self-regulation.

For references & more information, please visit the QRIS website.