STARTING POINT: State Actions to Incorporate Issues of Race, Culture, and Language Into Quality Rating Scoring Systems

This paper is a starting point in three respects. First, states are at the starting point in developing and beginning to use different measures within their quality rating scoring systems to promote linguistic and cultural competence and equity, learning as they do so. Second, the paper is at best a partial reflection of what states are doing today, drawing from the most readily available resources and doubtless leaving out important state efforts. Third, the paper does not include the experiences states have had in developing and using these measures and their reflections on how they can be levers for greater attention to equity and diversity in early childhood. As a starting point, this paper hopefully will encourage states to add additional measures from their states that this report does not contain and add additional descriptions of the goals and both intended and unintended impacts of their inclusion.