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.

2015 Technical Assistance Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a descriptive analysis of data from QRIScompendium.org about how technical assistance (TA) is being implemented across the 40 QRIS operating in the US. It includes information about: the types and focus areas of TA, the job titles used for TA providers, the number of TA providers delivering services for QRIS, and trainings or certifications needed for TA providers.

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge: Achievements and Lessons Learned From Regional QRIS Implementation

This report summarizes regional findings, recommendations, and lessons learned from 2012-2015 in implementing Early Learning Race to the Top Challenge Grant (RTT). In addition to working with partners during regional QRIS implementation, we conducted individual interviews with the leadership of each First 5 Commission participating in the Partnership. These findings were used to inform five topic-specific briefs.

2015 North Carolina Workforce Study

Through funding from the Division of Child Development and Early Education, a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) conducted a statewide survey of the early care and education workforce in North Carolina. This study provides comprehensive data on teachers, assistant teachers and directors in early care and education centers and on the licensed early care and education programs in which they work. Additionally, information gathered from this study is compared to similar studies conducted by CCSA in 2014, 2011 and 2003.

Chapter 8 Impact of the Early Learning Challenge on State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

This is Chapter 8 of the BUILD Initiative's E-Book-Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. This chapter discusses the impact of what many consider to be the centerpiece of the ELC: the requirement that states establish a tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and describes benefi ts, early lessons, opportunities and future QRIS challenges.

Fact Sheet: QRIS Mission & Goals

Updated information about all of the QRIS operating in the United States and its territories is on QRIScompendium.org. The Build Initiative will be summarizing this new data and releasing fact sheets that answer some of the most commonly asked questions about QRIS. Our first fact sheet describes some of the most common themes in QRIS mission statements.

The Arts in Early Childhood Education

As states build systems to support the social emotional growth of young children, this new report from the NEA provides a review and gap analysis focused on the role of the arts in the development of young children.

Free Resources to Support Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

States  early learning system building efforts must be responsive to the unique needs of each and every child and family.  To that end, the  Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness portal on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) offers resources to support work with dual language learners (DLLs), immigrant and refugee families, and other diverse populations.