2014 QRIS National Meeting

Building High Quality Systems through QRIS

As you will see from our title, "Building High Quality Systems through QRIS," we have designed this meeting in a way that we hope will inform your work in developing, implementing and revising the next generation of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). We have also emphasized the approach of "applying research to practice" in developing the sessions. Many sessions include both researchers sharing the latest studies and promising practices and state leaders who will talk with you about what those studies mean in terms of actual practice in their states. Some sessions have been designed to help you think about what comes next and what the possibilities are in the next phase of QRIS. YOU are the leaders of this work. We want to hear what you think in these discussions as we work together around the country to assure that high quality early care and education is available for all children. By leveraging our learning and sharing ideas we hope to deepen the engagement of a national learning community to move these important systems building efforts forward. 

We particularly want to thank our contributors for making this meeting possible. We appreciate the generous funding from BUILD Initiative supporters, particularly the Alliance for Early Success, and our corporate meeting sponsors (Mosaic Network, Inc., Branagh Information Group, Teachstone, WELS Systems Foundation, Brookes Publishing, CCA Global Partners, Community Playthings, Deloitte, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Pearson, Discount School Supply, Dole Food Company, Inc.). Thanks also to the wonderful partners who played an integral role in developing the sessions for this meeting, including the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), INQUIRE, and the Office of Child Care's National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement and National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiatives.

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network strive to offer state leaders the technical assistance opportunities and resources needed to be successful in your efforts to develop, implement, and revise quality rating and improvement systems. We think in terms of a "continuous quality improvement" process that offers opportunities for continual improvement in your QRIS efforts. We encourage you to be intentional in your use of the meeting opportunity, to reach out after sessions to presenters, engage with other state leaders, meet as a team with others from your state during the conference, consolidate your thoughts, and plan how you will share information and develop next steps after the conference.