2017

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education Programs: Making the Second Generation Better

This reports suggests ways that states can strategically allocate funds for and within Quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) to achieve their goals of expanding access to and improving the quality of ECE programs. The report assesses what the early childhood field has learned about QRISs as they have been widely adopted and matured, and how the field can strategically move this first generation of QRISs into a second generation.

Validation of the Quality Ratings Used in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): A Synthesis of State Studies

The purpose of this report is to compile and analyze findings from 10 validation studies examining quality ratings of ECE programs participating in state QRIS. The availability of recent research results addressing similar research questions in 10 different states offers a rare opportunity to synthesize findings across multiple contexts and discuss the implications for design, implementation, and future research on state ECE quality initiatives.

ExceleRate Illinois Validation Study Report (December 2017)

This validation study conducted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) in collaboration with American Institutes for Research (AIR) examines the ExceleRate Illinois tiered quality rating and improvement system. ExceleRate Illinois provides systems for monitoring and improving child care quality and providing clear information to families about the quality of the early care and education (ECE) of enrolled centers and schools. This study examines the validity and reliability of the ExceleRate Circles of Quality.

Continuous Quality Improvement in Early Childhood and School Age Programs: An Update from the Field

As a result of Creating a National Learning Community on Continuous Quality Improvement, a pre-conference session at the 2016 QRIS National Meeting, the BUILD Initiative convened leaders from nineteen states and the District of Columbia working in Early Childhood Education and Out-of-School Time to launch the Continuous Quality Improvement Community of Practice (CQI CoP).

QRIS 3.0 Tools and Resources

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are evolving rapidly. As part of BUILD's effort to support QRIS to reform and strengthen early learning systems, we have created a suite of 5 resources, dubbed QRIS 3.0:

Texas Rising Star (TRS) Guidelines

Texas Rising Star (TRS) Guidelines outline the TRS eligibility process, monitoring/assessment, technical assistance/corrective action and assessor/mentor protocols.

Texas Child Care Solutions

Texas Child Care Solutions is an information portal for parents to access accurate and consistent information to assist them in making informed choices to meet their child care needs.

State Technical Assistance Resource (STAR): Mandatory Participation in TQRIS

This resource was prepared by ELCTA for a RTT-ELC state in response to its request for information regarding participation requirements of Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (TQRIS) in RTT-ELC states. This information will help states assess their TQRIS and incorporate the new Child Care and Development Fund regulations in licensing and TQRIS requirements.