Evaluation & Research

Evaluation & Research

Provider Perceptions of Parent Aware: Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System

This report from Child Trends reveals that most child care programs participate in Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for financial incentives such as grants, scholarships for the children they serve, and access to free or low-cost training for providers. To encourage participation in QRIS, QRIS implementers can highlight these tangible benefits when recruiting providers.

ExceleRate Illinois Validation Study Report (December 2017)

This validation study conducted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) in collaboration with American Institutes for Research (AIR) examines the ExceleRate Illinois tiered quality rating and improvement system. ExceleRate Illinois provides systems for monitoring and improving child care quality and providing clear information to families about the quality of the early care and education (ECE) of enrolled centers and schools. This study examines the validity and reliability of the ExceleRate Circles of Quality.

Evaluation of Rhode Island’s BrightStars Child Care Center and Preschool Quality Framework

Funded by Rhode Island’s RTT-ELC grant and prepared by Child Trends, this report addresses two central questions: one, is there evidence that the BrightStars rating and standards are measuring quality? And two, is there evidence that the BrightStars rating and standards are related to measures of children’s development and learning? Aside from these questions, the report also provides a discussion of QRIS validation studies in other states.

Parent Aware: Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Initial Validation Report

This Initial Validation Report, prepared by Child Trends, (2016), examines the extent to which the rating process and the four star quality ratings that are awarded are fair, accurate, and meaningful. Overall, the results of the initial validation study suggest that Parent Aware has integrity as a framework for building and connecting efforts to support all types of early care and education programs in Minnesota.

Wisconsin YoungStar Validation Study

Analysis from the Wisconsin Early Child Care Study, also known as the YoungStar Validation study, shows YoungStar differentiates among programs of varying observed quality. Specifically, programs rated 2 Stars had lower observed levels of quality than programs at the 3-5 Star levels. The differences were statistically significant and meaningful. The data revealed that children in the study were performing in accordance with national norms and increased their child assessment scores over the course of the school year and would enter school ready to learn.

Improving Quality for Child Care Centers in Greater Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Success by 6

The Success By 6® (SB6) initiative is designed to support early care and education centers in improving and sustaining quality in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).1 Keystone STARS is a statewide QRIS that is comprised of four levels, STAR 1 through 4. Achieving high quality early care and education is a critical activity to promote positive developmentof children in Philadelphia and the nation, particularly for children from low-income families.