Best Practices of Accreditation Facilitation Projects: A Framework for Program Quality Improvement Using NAEYC Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria
This manual from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides guiding principles and an overview of strategies for providing technical assistance, coaching/mentoring and facilitation for program improvement. This information can be generalized for all quality improvement initiatives. The focus of the manual is on working with the administrator/director as a primary engagement strategy.
This brief powerpoint presentation created by Louise Stoney, co-founder of the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, provides illustrations for aligning finance with standards in a quality rating and improvement system.
Quality measures were originally developed for research aimed at describing the settings in which children spend time and identifying the characteristics of these environments that contribute to children‘s development. They were also developed to guide improvements in practice. Increasingly, however, measures of quality are being used for further purposes. In particular, they are being used to guide components of state policies.
This is the Tennessee Star-Quality Child Care Program Child Care Quality Rating System (QRS) Assessment Study.
This is the Miami-Dade Quality Counts Child Care Quality Rating System (QRS) Assessment Study.
This is the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Child Care Quality Rating System (QRS) Assessment Study.
Toward the identification of features of effective professional development for early childhood educators: Literature review
An exploration of goals for the professional development of early childhood educators, and an inquiry into effective practices for achieving these goals, based on a review of studies on professional development programs and their practices
Features of professional development and on-site assistance in child care quality rating improvement systems: A survey of state-wide systems
A study of the professional development and on-site assistance available to center- and home-based child care providers who participate in state quality rating and improvement systems, based on interviews with key informants in 17 states
Quality Rating Systems (QRS) are currently operating, under development or being piloted in over 25 states or local areas. As the QRS model becomes integrated into the landscape of child care and education service delivery, policy and the decisions parents make about child care across the United States, there is an increasing need for descriptive and comparative information about QRS implementation and evaluation. Acknowledging this need, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S.
The QRIS Cost Estimation Model (CEM), developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, is designed to help administrators determine the costs of implementing all the elements of a QRIS for their state, as well as explore the financial implications of various phase-in and scale-up options.
The QRIS CEM takes into account the costs of each of the following elements: