Quality Counts - Supporting Early Care and Education in San Luis Obispo County Quality Counts San Luis Obispo is part of a statewide system of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), which helps to inform and connect parents and families to high-quality early learning and care programs, and ensures that infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children have quality early learning experiences in their local communities. Quality Counts San Luis Obispo also provides resources and support to early learning and care professionals so they can create nourishing and effective early learning and care programs that will help children to grow and thrive. Why does quality matter? High-quality early learning and care environments can have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. Research continues to show that children in quality early learning and care settings are more likely to succeed in school and less likely to drop out, need remedial education, or end up in prison.