Standards & Standards Alignment

Standards & Standards Alignment

Summary of Obesity Prevention Standards in State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Licensing Regulations

Childhood obesity continues to be a national epidemic even among young children; thus, it is important to understand and share ways states are weaving prevention strategies into their early care and education (ECE) systems. The purpose of this summary is to identify how states are promoting healthy eating, breastfeeding, physical activity, and limited screen time in ECE through quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) standards and licensing regulations.

ECWES and PAS Crosswalk

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.

Family-Provider Partnerships: Examining Alignment of Early Care and Education Professional and Performance Standards, State Competencies, and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Indicators in the Context of Research

Interest in the quality of provider-family relationships in early care and education (ECE) settings has sharpened the focus on defining and measuring elements of these relationships across settings for program improvement purposes. In this brief, authors examine the alignment of research-based elements of family-provider partnerships with professional and performance standards from three national ECE organizations as well as selected professional competencies and Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) family partnership indicators from two states.

Supporting Babies Through QRIS: Inclusion of Infant and Toddler Quality Standards

This document presents a national review of states’ and jurisdictions’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) that have been implemented statewide, focusing on how these systems can include standards that explicitly address the needs of infants and toddlers. This publication is a “living document” because states’ and jurisdictions’ QRIS differ in terms of level of completion, and many are undergoing continuous revisions as a result of pre- or post-implementation evaluation efforts.

Supporting Babies Through QRIS: Implementation Status and Tools in US States and Jurisdictions

This document presents a national review of states’ and jurisdictions’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) that have been implemented statewide, focusing on how these systems can include standards that explicitly address the needs of infants and toddlers. This publication is a “living document” because states’ and jurisdictions’ QRIS differ in terms of level of completion, and many are undergoing continuous revisions as a result of pre- or post-implementation evaluation efforts.

A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy: Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade

Governors can increase the number of children proficient in reading by third grade in their states by ensuring that their states’ efforts in early childhood and elementary education take account of three major and widely embraced results of educational research:
1) Starting at kindergarten is too late.
2) Reading proficiency requires three sets of interrelated skills and knowledge that are taught and cultivated over time.
3) Parents, primary caregivers, and teachers have the most influence on children’s language and literacy development.