This brief provides updated information on financial incentive strategies used by states under their quality rating and improvement systems and the impact of those strategies.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a publication, Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care) (2012).
This overview from the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement provides information on how quality rating and improvement systems are embedded into policy at the state level through statute and regulation.
Director Qualifications in State Professional Development and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
This chart from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership details the director-level credentialing requirements in each state’s professional development and quality rating and improvement systems.
This brief from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership focuses on the need to emphasize leadership development within an early childhood organization and to address leadership credentialing in QRIS.
Moving to Outcomes: Approaches to Incorporating Child Assessments into State Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Many studies have shown that higher-quality early care and education (ECE) predicts positive developmental gains for the children who experience it. However, much ECE in the United States is not of sufficiently high quality to produce these benefits.
This brief by the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement provides an analysis of the extent that State program quality standards include requirements or criteria pertaining to assessing children’s development. Three sets of States’ program standards were examined - state-funded preschool program requirements, quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) graduated program quality standards, and child care licensing regulations.
Unlocking the Potential of QRIS: Trends and Opportunities in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Applications
Written by noted consultant Louise Stoney, this brief explores the ideas and trends related to QRIS that state leaders included in their Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge applications. It is designed to provide not only useful background information for state policymakers, funders, and nonprofit leaders, but also to stimulate discussion within the field about opportunities to advance high-quality
To gain more insight into different strategies for shaping and implementing QRIS, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) interviewed 48 child care center directors from nine states (FL, IL, IA, KY, ME, NC, OK, PA, TN) about their experiences with QRIS.
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