Welcome to NH’s Granite Steps for Quality 

The NH DHHS Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration is pleased to introduce you to our new Quality Recognition and Improvement System, Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ). This program supports NH’s early childhood and out of school time (OST) programs on their path to enhanced quality so that children thrive and succeed in school and beyond. The GSQ replaces the Licensed Plus Program and focuses on helping programs enhance their quality through self-study, professional development, coaching and other technical assistance.   

It is time to get recognized for all you do and become one of New Hampshire’s “recognized” quality programs as a Granite Steps for Quality awardee. To get started take some time to review our Granite Steps for Quality Guidebook, and the GSQ application. Click here for the latest "Frequently Asked Questions" about GSQ.

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Helpful "How To" GSQ Videos:

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Is Your OST Program Preparing to Apply for the GSQ?

Upcoming "Introduction to ERS & SACERS" Trainings for OST Programs

Are you looking for the "Introduction and Overview of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and School Age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS-U)" training? ACROSS NH provides this training for out of school time (OST) programs, or programs with an OST component.

Upcoming Virtual "Introduction and Overview of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and School Age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS-U)" Trainings:

Thursday, August 18th, 12:00-1:30pm, Register on Eventbrite

Wednesday, August 31st, 6:30-8:00pm, Register on Eventbrite

ACROSS NH Quality Readiness for OST Cohort

Is your out of school time program preparing to apply for the Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ)? ACROSS NH can help! We provide the "Introduction and Overview of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and School Age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS-U)" training and additional SACERS-U trainings for best practice. We also provide technical assistance for the afterschool credential and the SACERS-U. If you are interested in learning more about how ACROSS NH can help you prepare your staff and program to apply for the GSQ, please email acrossnh@seresc.net or call (603) 206-6848. Cohorts will resume in September.