Quality Improvement & Technical Assistance

Quality at Scale: Supporting Sustainable, High-Quality Early Care and Education Across the Commonwealth

Systems alignment within government alone will not suffice. To achieve their child outcome goals, states must also align systems among service providers. In this instructive paper, Louise Stoney uses the work of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning to identify policy barriers to improving child outcomes and to explore ways the state can support Shared Services as a system-building framework at the early care and education provider level. Read this document and its accompanying infographic above.

Colorado Shines Program Guide

This guide offers a resource to help programs participate successfully in the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Its purposes are to 1) help programs understand the structure, requirements and benefits associated with Colorado Shines; 2) provide a detailed overview of the rating levels and steps programs will need to take to maintain these ratings; and 3) serve as an ongoing reference tool for programs.

Quality First Participant Guide

This annual guide provides information to all participants in the Quality First system regarding the services available to them, how they can be engaged in the process, and processes and protocols to be followed.

Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report

Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 2 Report by the RAND Corporation aims to determine whether Delaware Stars providers are advancing in the rating system and whether additional providers serving infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children are joining the QRIS. The authors updated the analyses of Delaware Stars participation based on administrative data as of October 2014, which is nine months after the snapshot presented in the Year 1 report.

Extra Credit: How Louisiana Is Improving Child Care

This report (published by National Women's Law Center) analyzes the impact of a unique package of tax credits intended to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana – the School Readiness Tax Credits – in the first four years of their implementation. 

The correlation between the specific incentives and resources provided by the credits and the following outcomes provide strong evidence of the impact of the credits on improving the quality of care in Louisiana between 2008 and 2011.

Impact of Universal Pre-Kindergarten on Community Child Care Providers in the Fort Worth Independent School District

The importance of quality early education experiences for children ages 0-5 has been well-documented with 90% of brain development occurring by age 5. This study (published by the Center for Nonprofit Management and commissioned by Camp Fire First Texas) seeks to identify the anticipated results of universal pre-k on access to quality early education experiences through child care providers in Fort Worth Independent School District.

Early Achievers - Outreach Toolkit for Participants

The Washington Department of Early Learning and Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington have teamed up to create two outreach toolkits for those participating in Early Achievers, WA’s TQRIS. Toolkit 1 is for Early Achievers participants who are working on level 2 requirements (that is, who are not yet rated). Toolkit 2 is for those who have been rated. The customizable marketing materials will help Early Achievers participants share information and celebrate quality improvement activities with different audiences: current and future families, media, and community.