Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Head Start Alignment
This paper was developed in response to the many questions which arose during the 2011 Early Learning Challenge grant planning process when applicants were asked to align and integrate Head Start into their state quality rating and improvement system. The paper outlines some of the benefits and challenges of such an alignment process and poses questions for next steps that must be taken at the federal and state level to support greater alignment efforts in the future.
Toward Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States
This brief, written by two of the foremost leaders in the early childhood field, provides a new way of thinking about ECE public policy that:
QRIS and P-3: Creating Synergy Across Systems to Close Achievement Gaps and Improve Opportunities for Young Children
This brief summarizes two policy strategies for improving young children's learning and development which have largely operated independantly from one another: quality rating and improvement systems and P-3 alignment. The authors make recomendations as to how both early learning reform efforts can be individually strengthened as well as how they can be aligned with one another to build a stronger and more comprehensive system of care for children that is well positioned to close the acheivement gap.
Guidance for State Leaders Developing Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for School-age Programs
Many states are designing or expanding quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) to include school-age programs. This brief provides an overview of key considerations for developing effective strategies to including school-age programs in QRIS.
A summary of an examination of a strategy to promote school-age caregiving quality by adapting states' tiered QRS, which were designed primarily for early care providers, for providers serving school age children.
Stair Steps to Quality: A Guide for States and Communities Developing Quality Rating Systems for Early Care and Education
A guide for implementing a QRIS, including guidance for the early planning stage, the development and assessment of standards, the use of incentives to encourage quality improvement, the financing of the system, and the outreach to promote parental awareness of the system.
This brief presents a policy blueprint for State early childhood professional development systems. An integrated system of professional development should unite the early childhood sectors (i.e., child care, Head Start, prekindergarten, public schools, early intervention, and special education services). Integrated policies decrease duplication of efforts and increase accountability and sustainability.