Summary of Obesity Prevention Standards in State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Licensing Regulations
Childhood obesity continues to be a national epidemic even among young children; thus, it is important to understand and share ways states are weaving prevention strategies into their early care and education (ECE) systems. The purpose of this summary is to identify how states are promoting healthy eating, breastfeeding, physical activity, and limited screen time in ECE through quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) standards and licensing regulations.
In 2015, three local nonprofit organizations formed the Early Childhood Education Workforce Transformation Initiative (ECEWTI) to study the early childhood education workforce and to make recommendations for change. Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC), and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) collected and analyzed ECE workforce data. This report presents key findings and recommendations organized in three major sections: teacher recruitment; teacher preparation; and, teacher retention and advancement.
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.
This policy paper outlines five action steps to leverage the value of early childhood education for a state's public education system.
Build it Better: Indicators of Progress to Support Integrated Early Childhood Professional Development Systems
This resource, which builds on Workforce Designs' four principles and six policy areas, provides a set of indicators to benchmark the quality and effectiveness of state early childhood professional development systems, stimulate strategic planning, and help policy makers, administrators, educators, and advocates work together to build a better professional development system for early childhood educators working with children birth through age 8.
To inform planning efforts, state leaders can also survey a sample of families with young children about their experiences accessing various services and supports. ZERO TO THREE’s family survey template is available as a both a fillable PDF (click here to download) and a SurveyMonkey template. For more information, click on the link below and navigate to the Additional Resources section.
New York State has released the results of their first comparative analysis of performance date on programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY, New York's early childhood quality rating and improvement system.
This infographic research brief provides a culturally and linguistically appropriate responsive family engagement model for low-income Chinese immigrant parents.
QRIS have existed for about two decades and in this short timeframe the systems have evolved. The initial focus was on improving the generally low quality of care in the late 1990s. In 2009-10, the federal stimulus funds and the announcement of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grant competition spurred on an already emerging second generation of QRIS development.