Quality Improvement & Technical Assistance
As a result of Creating a National Learning Community on Continuous Quality Improvement, a pre-conference session at the 2016 QRIS National Meeting, the BUILD Initiative convened leaders from nineteen states and the District of Columbia working in Early Childhood Education and Out-of-School Time to launch the Continuous Quality Improvement Community of Practice (CQI CoP).
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are evolving rapidly. As part of BUILD's effort to support QRIS to reform and strengthen early learning systems, we have created a suite of 5 resources, dubbed QRIS 3.0:
This resource was prepared by ELCTA for a RTT-ELC state in response to its request for information regarding participation requirements of Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (TQRIS) in RTT-ELC states. This information will help states assess their TQRIS and incorporate the new Child Care and Development Fund regulations in licensing and TQRIS requirements.
This is Chapter 8 of the BUILD Initiative's E-Book-Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. This chapter discusses the impact of what many consider to be the centerpiece of the ELC: the requirement that states establish a tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and describes benefi ts, early lessons, opportunities and future QRIS challenges.
Updated information about all of the QRIS operating in the United States and its territories is on QRIScompendium.org. The Build Initiative will be summarizing this new data and releasing fact sheets that answer some of the most commonly asked questions about QRIS. Our first fact sheet describes some of the most common themes in QRIS mission statements.
Information about the Transformation Zones that 10 RTT-ELC States included as key projects in their RTT-ELC plans. This information will be helpful to other States as they consider how to continue to increase the quality of early learning by providing targeted resources to the communities where the children and families with the highest needs live.
State TA Resources are developed by ELC TA State Support Team members in response to requests from RTT-ELC States for information on topics related to the implementation of their grants.
When used together, the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey and the Program Administration Scale provide a comprehensive picture of quality related to a program's organizational climate and leadership and management practices. This crosswalk is designed to demonstrate how the tools complement one another.
Nearly every state and territory has established a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) or is planning one. In most states, referral agencies (CCR&Rs) play an important part in the implementation of QRIS. Because of this many stae leaders are rethinking the roles of these agencies. In 2014, the BUILD Initiative conducted a survey of states and interviews with state leaders in five states. The BUILD Initiative shares the result of that research in this brief.
This fact sheet provides a descriptive analysis using data from qriscompendium.orgi about how on-site TA is being implemented across the 39 operating QRIS in the US in 2014, including information on: the entities providing TA, the job titles used for TA providers, the number of TA providers delivering services for QRIS, and trainings or certifications needed for TA providers.