Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network?
  • What does the QRIS NLN do?
  • What do QRIS NLN users receive?
  • What types of technical assistance does the QRIS NLN offer?
  • How can my state receive technical assistance from the QRIS NLN?

What is the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network (QRIS NLN)?

The QRIS NLN was formed by a coalition of states and national organizations. Network colleagues are united in the desire to use rating and improvement strategies to elevate the quality of care in state early care and education systems and to support and improve children’s development. We provide information, learning opportunities and direct technical assistance to states that have a QRIS or that are interested in developing one.

What does the QRIS NLN do?

The NLN broadly seeks to advance knowledge regarding QRIS as a strategy for early learning system reform. We have several branches to our work.

Papers Series: The NLN periodically produces cutting-edge reports, white papers and briefs on a variety of QRIS topical areas.

Webinar and Conference Call Series: The NLN offers webinars and conference calls on a multitude of QRIS topical areas. Several webinars throughout the year are free and open to all early childhood stakeholders while others are limited to state QRIS and Child Care Administrators and are specifically geared toward state needs. 

Topical Learning Tables: Since states have a great deal of expertise in developing and implementing QRIS, the NLN offers topical learning tables where QRIS administrators can come together around a topic area, facilitated by a national content expert, to share promising practices and to advance their understanding of an issue.

Annual QRIS Conference: Annually, the NLN convenes state and national QRIS experts and leaders to explore current issues, new advancements, and implementation challenges in QRIS. 

Technical Assistance: The NLN retains a faculty of national and state QRIS experts. In the future, for a nominal fee, states can purchase direct technical assistance from the NLN to have access to these experts. Technical assistance is tailored to state needs and includes, but is not limited to, on-site consultation, meeting facilitation, and on-demand remote consultation. When states purchase the NLN’s technical assistance services, they also receive financial support for up to three state leaders to attend our annual QRIS conference.

What do QRIS NLN users receive?

Early Childhood Stakeholders: For early childhood stakeholders, we have created a website, www.qrisnetwork.org, where leaders can access a library of written materials developed by national leaders and state leaders, on a variety of QRIS topical areas.

We also periodically offer webinars, conference calls and host topical meetings. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn about upcoming events and new resources.

For State QRIS Administrators and Child Care Administrators: In addition to our resource library and public webinar series, the NLN also offers webinars, conference calls and topical learning tables specifically for state leaders that are geared toward state needs.

The NLN also retains a faculty of national and state QRIS experts. In the future, states will be able to purchase direct technical assistance from the NLN to have access to these experts.  Technical assistance will be tailored to state needs and includes, but is not limited to, on-site consultation, meeting facilitation, and on-demand remote consultation.  When states purchase the NLN’s technical assistance services, they will also receive support for up to three state leaders to attend our QRIS conference.

What types of technical assistance does the QRIS NLN offer?

The NLN retains QRIS faculty experts who will be providing QRIS technical assistance services on a wide-range of issues tailored to your states needs. Technical assistance can be offered in-state, where faculty experts can provide consultation, facilitate in-state meetings, or can assist states in developing materials in support of their QRIS. On-demand, remote technical assistance is also available. Topical areas include, but are not limited to: developing rating standards and infrastructures, developing quality improvement and professional development procedures and infrastructures, developing financing strategies, and benchmarking and evaluating QRIS progress and effectiveness.

How can my state receive technical assistance from the QRIS NLN?

Please contact us to learn more about how your state can receive technical assistance.  Technical assistance is fee-based. However, the NLN is happy to work with your state to identify funding for technical assistance services.