2019 QRIS National Meeting

Consultations

Over the years, we received feedback that attendees wanted opportunities to have more in-depth discussions with experts on specific topics. Three years ago, we started the consultation sessions to give individuals and teams a chance to ask questions of some of our expert presenters. Consultations are exceedingly popular and fill up quickly, so grab your spot now.

Registration Instructions:       

  1. Due to the popularity of the consultations and limited availability, registration is limited to one consultation per person.
  2. Click on the registration link of the consultation for which you want to register. You will be directed to a Doodle Registration Poll with a session description and time-slot options.
  3. In the name field, complete your name and email address. Select your slot. If no slots are available (grayed out), please enter your name and email address in the name field to be placed on the waiting list.
  4. Click the Send button.
  5. You will receive an email confirming your slot within 48 hours.

Other notes:

  1. You can bring up to 5 people with you to a consultation.
  2. By signing up, you agree to have your contact information shared with the consultant.
  3. Cancellation policy: If you are unable to keep your consultation appointment, please email Jonathan Chapman at jchapman@buildinitiative.org to release your time slot.

Questions? Email Jonathan Chapman, jchapman@buildinitiative.org

 
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801. Beyond Ratings: What Families Want to Know  
Families in Wisconsin are increasingly unable to find child care that meets their needs. They are requesting information beyond QRIS ratings and regulation history in order to make an informed decision about child care. Representatives from Wisconsin will demonstrate how family voices informed revisions to the state’s online child care finder which now displays information on program aspects that families described as most important to them, including care for infants, children with special needs, and children who are bilingual.
Presenters: Erin Gernetzke and Kath McGurk, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM; 9:00-9:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #2
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802. Consult with Desiree Head on the Capacity Building Self-Assessment Tool: Focus on Building Capacity to Support System Change 
The consultation session is designed for participants to learn about the Capacity Building Self-Assessment Tool. Discuss how the tool has been used to create and sustain capacity in an early care and education state system and ways to use the tool at the state or local level.
Presenters: Desiree' Reddick-Head, State Capacity Building Center
Date: Thursday, June 27
Times: 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #3
 
803. Consultation on Conducting a Child Care Cost of Quality Study  
Everything you ever wanted to know about estimating the true cost of quality early childhood education but were too afraid to ask! This is an opportunity to speak with a national expert on early childhood financing about the what, why, and how of cost modeling, including how to use the results to inform QRIS financial incentives advocate for increased investment in the ECE system.
Presenters: Simon Workman, Center for American Progress
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 10:30-11:15 AM; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #3
 
804. Consultation with Oregon Leaders on the Phases of QRIS Implementation  
Leaders from Oregon’s QRIS will provide consultation on the development, implementation, and revisioning of a QRIS. Come join three colleagues who have thrived, and at times survived, through all phases of a QRIS. Learn from our success and challenges as we completed systems-building work to create a QRIS that is streamlined and sustainable, and prioritizes children and families furthest from opportunity.
Presenters: Hannah Anonson and Robyn Lopez Melton, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University; Dana Bleakney-Huebsch, Oregon's Early Learning Division
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM; 9:00-9:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #3
 
805. Consultation with the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE)  
This consultation is for system leaders who are working on afterschool and summer practices. Come to discuss your needs such as integrating school age into QIS or QRIS or building professional development supports. Or explore ways to expand existing local or state policies to include school age such as addressing social-emotional learning or suspension and expulsion. Individuals or state teams sign up for a half-hour sharing of needs with NCASE staff that will be supported by resources.
Presenters: Susan O'Connor and Kathy Schleyer, National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment
Date: Thursday, June 27
Times: 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #4
 
806. Including and Using NAFCC Accreditation in QRIS for Family Child Care Programs  
The National Association for Family Child Care's accreditation protocol is ready and waiting for your QRIS to utilize and implement. Leading expert in the field of family child care and former NAFCC Accreditation Council Chair, Dr. Ellaine B. Miller, is available to consult with you. Come learn more about the NAFCC accreditation process, how it's a ready-made QRIS itself, and how you can include it or use it exclusively in your state or territory.
Presenters: Ellaine Miller, Family and Home Solutions
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 10:30-11:15 AM; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #4
 
807. QRIS Implementation Consultation with the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance  
Staff from The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance will be prepared to discuss and provide resources on topics such as increasing family child care participation in QRIS, QRIS coaching and TA delivery, QRIS quality assurance, CQI, racial equity and cultural diversity in QRIS, monitoring, system integration and alignment, QRIS revision, stakeholder engagement, data-driven QRIS decision-making, and more.
Presenters: Char Goodreau and Pattie Ryan, The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM; 9:00-9:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #1
 
808. Dreaming Big for Babies and Toddlers: Leveraging Existing and Creating Infant/Toddler Quality Initiatives, Professional Development Systems and System-Building Efforts  
During this consultation time, you’re invited to bring all your questions, reflections, and challenges to solve related to all things infant/toddler. Come discuss everything from practices to systems, professional development and related technical assistance efforts for the infant/toddler workforce, and beyond! We’re looking forward to connecting with you and hearing  about your big dreams related to improving access to and quality of care for babies and toddlers in your state/territory!
Presenters: Kelley Perkins, Infant Toddler Specialist Network, State Capacity Building Center
Date: Thursday, June 27
Times: 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #2
 
809. State CCDF Subsidy Programs and Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) Collaborations to Create Mutual Support and Benefits  
Subsidy and QRIS programs have many partnership opportunities to improve outcomes for high-risk children and families. Intentional comprehensive strategies can result in improvements in participation, sustainability, and outcomes for children, families, and providers. Many QRISs have implemented subsidy-related targets. Conversely, several subsidy programs have begun identifying QRIS indicators as a means for incentives for families and providers, including tiered reimbursement to support higher quality. This mutually beneficial practice promotes placement of subsidy-eligible children into higher quality care and provides additional monetary supports for providers to maintain/improve quality of care. Come participate in a discussion to move your systems forward.
Presenters: Mary Beth Jackson, Tasha Owen-Green, and Gladys Wilson, National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 10:30-11:15 AM; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #2
 
810. Effective QRIS Communications: Consultation with VIVA Strategy + Communications  
Effectively communicating the right information in the right way to providers, parents, policymakers, partners and other early childhood stakeholders is critical to QRIS success. Consultation will focus on how to apply effective communication principles to meet unique QRIS needs at any stage of implementation and operations. Get guidance on creating QRIS and quality-related messaging, developing communication strategies, and/or refining outreach materials and execution.
Presenters: Laura Bowen, VIVA Strategy + Communications
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM; 9:00-9:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #4
 
811. Branagh Group Consultation: Software and Learning Tools for the Environment Rating Scales  *****5-Star Sponsor Session*****
Branagh Group has been working directly with the authors of the Environment Rating Scales for almost 20 years. Join us for a discussion of your state’s use and needs associated with the Environment Rating Scales. Learn how our ERS assessment software and new online CQI Coaching Framework support professional development in creating a quality environment for children.
Presenters: Ann Hentschel, Tricia Sifford, Cody Carlton, Branagh Information Group
Date: Tuesday, June 25; Wednesday, June 26; Thursday, June 27
Times: Tues. 3:30-4:15 PM, 4:15-5:00 PM; Wed. 3:15-4:00 PM; Thurs. 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Trafalgar
 
812. Consultation with TCC Software Solutions – Early Childhood Data Systems *****5-Star Sponsor Session*****
The TCC team has 20 years of experience in the design, integration, and implementation of early childhood data systems. Our subject matter experts are available to consult with your state about your goals and challenges, as well as answer questions and share lessons learned.
Presenters: Michelle Thomas, Dawn Downer, Michelle Spence, Angie Luallin, and Mike Boyle, TCC Softward Solutions
Date: Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27
Times: Wed: 8:00-8:45 AM, 9:00-9:45 AM, 3:15-4:00 PM Thurs: 8:30-9:15 AM, 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Norwich
 
813. Consultation with Teachstone: Best Practices in the Use of CLASS in QRIS  *****5-Star Sponsor Session*****
Please join Teachstone to consult on best practices in the use of CLASS in QRIS, including specific questions regarding CLASS in: family child care and the CLASS in mixed-age settings; pre-K through 3rd grade alignment; CLASS and coaching; and CLASS and equity.
Presenters: Amy Cubbage, Bridget Hamre, Manda Klein, and Francine Oliver, Teachstone
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM, 9:00-9:45 AM, 10:30-11:15 AM; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM, 3:15-4:00 PM
Location: Durham
 
814. Get to the Point! Communications to Engage Key Stakeholders  
Is your communications strategy clearly defined? Are your key messages accurately shaping what you want people to know? Are those messages reaching your intended audience? If you are a system leader expanding your communications strategy or managing a communications challenge within your team, community, or state, come meet one-on-one with Mariana Florit in this consultation session to discuss how to improve communications to better support your work with decision-makers, legislators, and internal stakeholders.
Presenters: Mariana Florit, BUILD Initiative
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM, 9:00-9:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #6
 
815. Innovations and Implementation for Inclusion of Each and Every Child: The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations  
Join the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) to learn how NCPMI can assist your state/program in sustainable implementation and scale-up of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children across settings. NCPMI focuses on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family partnerships, decision-making using data, integrating mental health consultation, and fostering inclusion for children with disabilities.
Presenters: Alissa Rausch, University of Denver-Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 10:30-11:15 AM; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #1
 
816. Consultation with Maggie McGlynn of McGlynn Leadership  
Use this opportunity to gain clarity or get inspired on issues that are on your mind. Thinking about stepping up your leadership? Wondering how you can more effectively engage your staff, board, or stakeholders? Hoping for a shift in your organizational dynamics? Come with a short story that describes your situation, and 1-3 specific questions that we can discuss. Let’s use our 45 minutes together to free you from stressful thinking, to point you in a new direction, or to spark immediate action.
Presenters: Maggie McGlynn, McGlynn Leadership
Date: Thursday, June 27
Times: 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #1
 
817. Engaging Philanthropic Organizations in Building a Quality Early Childhood System  
There is a unique story in Minnesota of public/private partnership, using philanthropic funds to catalyze innovation and, ultimately, systemic change. Allison Corrado is a Senior Program Officer with the Blue Cross Foundation of Minnesota, and will share her perspective on how to engage philanthropic organizations in innovating and supporting a Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Presenters: Allison Corrado, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 10:30-11:15 AM; 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #5
 
818. Assessing the Performance of Your Local Early Childhood System: An Introspective Look  
Join Cailin O’Connor and Erin Robinson from the Center for the Study of Social Policy as they walk through two new toolkits designed to help system leaders, policy advocates and others assess how well their local early childhood systems are working. Learn about assessing your system, interpreting your results, and developing actions steps to increase access to services, promote coordination, and advance equity and parent engagement.
Presenters: Cailin O'Connor and Erin Robinson, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Times: 8:00-8:45 AM, 9:00-9:45 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #5
 
819. Consultation with Carey McCann on State Policy Strategies Related to Expulsion and Suspension  
Learn the latest on state policy efforts to reduce expulsion and suspension, how states are building multifaceted approaches, and the potential role of QRIS.
Presenters: Carey McCann, BUILD Initiative
Date: Thursday, June 27
Times: 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #5
 
821. Consultation with ZERO TO THREE: State Policy Tools  
This consultation session is designed to share the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 State Profile Guide and Infants And Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit For States. Participants will discuss how to use the tools to assess the current status of services for infants, toddlers, and their families in their state, and to set priorities for improvement.
Presenters: Katrina Coburn, Zero To Three
Date: Thursday, June 27
Times: 8:30-9:15 AM; 9:15-10:00 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A Table #6