Learning Tables Archive
2017, 2018, and 2019 QRIS 3.0 Think Tanks
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are evolving rapidly. QRIS leaders are evaluating their systems to identify opportunities for improvement, trying new strategies, and in some cases, creating new QRIS models. To contribute to the evolution of QRIS, BUILD has conducted research and prepared resources to support the rapid pace of innovation in QRIS. The 2017, 2018, and 2019 QRIS 3.0 Think Tanks were an opportunity for state teams to benefit from this research, resources, and strategies in the context of each state’s vision and values for its QRIS.
2018 Effective Technical Assistance Systems in QRIS Peer Learning Group
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) and the BUILD Initiative provided a peer learning group (PLG) for fourteen states and territories seeking ways to move beyond a basic quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) technical assistance (TA) structure designed to prepare programs for ratings. Instead, systems focused on providing program supports, resources, and practices to improve quality and outcomes for children were explored.
2016-2019 Family Child Care Quality Support
Family child care (FCC) plays an important role in meeting families’ early care and education needs. It can be preferred by families with nonstandard work hours, parents of infants and toddlers, those living in rural communities, and families seeking caregivers with cultural and linguistic backgrounds similar to their own. The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) in partnership with the BUILD Initiative, worked with teams to strengthen family child care quality through peer learning groups, resource development, webinars, targeted technical assistance and other opportunities.
Valuable tools such as research briefs, reports, articles, and state examples as well as PowerPoint presentations can be found on the landing pads listed below:
2018 CCDBG Webinar Series
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding represents an enormous opportunity to improve access to and quality of child care for infants, toddlers, their families, and the teachers and programs that work with them. With funding from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, a project of the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation, the BUILD Initiative organized a series of webinars and blogs in partnership with ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy for state policy leaders, decision makers and advocates.
2018 Shared Services to Build and Sustain Quality
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center), in partnership with the BUILD Initiative, offered a unique technical assistance opportunity for states and territories interested in exploring Shared Services.
2018 Strategies for Building and Financing the Supply of High-Quality Child Care Webinar Series
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center), in partnership with the BUILD Initiative, hosted a series of webinars about increasing the supply of and improving the quality of child care services for children in underserved areas, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and children who receive care during nontraditional hours.
This series is geared toward those interested in identifying gaps in the availability of child care in high-need communities, exploring rate strategies to finance child care at the state/territory and local levels, discussing the latest innovations with other states, and hearing about practical tools to support supply-building efforts.
2017-18 Maximizing Federal Investments in Young Children Webinar Series
This series explored how states are taking advantage of federal early childhood investments to build their systems, improve opportunities and outcomes for children and families, and tackle issues around equity. From 2017 to 2018, BUILD focused on four critical areas where the federal government provides resources to states to hear from leaders about their work, their lessons learned, and implications for next steps.
Monday, November 6: States, Early Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act
Monday, December 11: Big Ideas from the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge
Monday, January 8: Kindergarten: From KEA to Whole Child
Monday February 5: Focus on Infants and Toddlers
2015-17 State Policy Learning Table - Teaching and Learning
In 2017, the BUILD Initiative and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) entered Year 3 of the project to learn from and with state leaders how to effectively implement policy that promotes professional learning, positive teaching conditions, culturally relevant teaching practices and credentialing and licensing systems that promote effective early childhood teaching and learning for children from birth through 3rd grade. Valuable tools such as research briefs, reports, articles, and state examples as well as PowerPoint presentations can be found on the landing pad.
Community of Practice on QRIS Data
Communities of practice (CoP) are a widely used strategy for deliberately enriching professional practice. Shared learning, application and reflection are central to this approach. This community of practice was focused on continuous quality improvement of QRIS through improved data use. The group convened monthly for a full year following the July 2016 QRIS National Meeting. Each month, participant presenters led focused presentations on a salient topic pertaining to the use of data in QRIS practice.
2017 Quality Initiatives and QRIS Peer Learning Group
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, in partnership with the BUILD Initiative, worked with state teams in the process of reexamining the structure and operation of their quality initiatives system, including Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). States focused on moving beyond a framework of coordinated quality initiatives, including QRIS, as a management strategy, toward a conceptual framework of quality initiatives and QRIS as a lever to create an integrated, cross sector system of early care and education that help programs embark on a journey of continuous quality improvement.
2017 Efficient and Effective Monitoring in Licensing Peer Learning Group
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, in partnership with the BUILD Initiative, worked with states to focus on five key areas of the monitoring system: assessing caseloads, improving caseload distribution, and using workload analyses data; developing of core rules, including assessment of risk levels; using core rules for monitoring and enforcement; establishing inter-rater reliability and other quality assurance strategies; and using licensing data and technology.
2016-17 Continuous Quality Improvement Community of Practice
2016 Conversations on Access and Quality for Infants and Toddlers Peer Learning Group
- Early relationships are most important and central to young children’s development.
- Development occurs simultaneously across multiple interdependent domains.
- Children develop and learn at their own unique pace and in the context of their family, culture, and community.
- Children from birth to three learn and master new skills through play.
2016 Quality Investments: How to Use Administrative Data and Other Sources to Evaluate What is Working
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and its partners hosted a three-part webinar series titled Quality Investments: How To Use Administrative Data and Other Sources To Evaluate What Is Working. The series examined evaluation options and implementation strategies to help States and Territories identify the resources, data sources, and costs associated with evaluating quality initiatives, with a particular focus on evaluation related to Child Care and Development Fund quality activities. The webinars were held on March 24, April 21, and June 2.
2015 Dual Language Learners Learning Table
An English language development (ELD) approach recognizes the benefits of the strategic use and continued development of the home language to the acquisition of English during the preschool years. A new BUILD report that scanned early learning and development standards for preschool-aged children in 23 states showed that many states have moved toward this approach. Yet, the report also revealed that more work needs to be done to align an ELD approach within the components of the early learning system (e.g., assessment, workforce competencies, instructional guidance, etc.) in order to drive high quality services that will improve outcomes for young DLLs and their families.
In this Learning Table, state teams had an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the English Language Development approach, and work together to examine challenges and plan strategies to strengthen a particular component of their system. State teams will benefit from individualized webinars, coaching, and tailored technical assistance to develop a plan of action to address a selected component that needs attention in order to create meaningful change for young DLLs and their families.
2015 Financing Quality Through Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Collaborative Action Team
BUILD Initiative’s QRIS National Learning Network partnered with the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement on this Collaborative Action Team.
Effective QRIS finance incorporates strategies to support and sustain QRIS administration as well as ongoing financial support for service providers. The Collaborative Action Team facilitated learning about various approaches to QRIS finance with national experts and teams from nine states/territories. This series was presented through four sessions: one webinar, one in-person meeting and two additional webinars. Each session was interactive and helped participants think about new solutions or modifications to their design and financing of a high quality early education system. Valuable tools such as research briefs, reports, articles, and state examples can be found on each session page under Resource Materials. PowerPoint presentations are also available for each session.
2014 Monitoring Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Learning Table
BUILD Initiative’s QRIS National Learning Network partnered with the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement on this Learning Table.
Cost effective and efficient administration of a QRIS is supported by accountable and effective program monitoring. Additionally, a successful monitoring system supports providers’ continuous quality improvement.
This Learning Table was comprised of three interactive webinars designed to support the 11 participating states in examining current practices and using new ideas to improve their monitoring systems. The sessions included opportunities for participants to discuss the design and implementation of a monitoring system – including traditional and alternative monitoring strategies – with national experts and other states. A collection of resources accompanied each session.
2014 Diversity/Equity Learning Table
Six states participated in a BUILD Initiative and QRIS National Learning Network-supported Learning Table on the topic of assuring that state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are responsive to children who are culturally, linguistically and socio-economically diverse.
This Learning Table series included one in-person meeting, on May 5th through 7th, and four web-based sessions. Participants also had access to an electronic collection of resources related to the topic of each event. Sessions featured national experts and focus areas included:
- How are you engaging and supporting families who are culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse in your state early childhood system?
- How are you improving experiences for young children who are culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse?
- How are you improving experiences for young dual language learners (DLLs)?
- How are you growing the capacity of your workforce and consultants to support young children who are culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse?
2014 Continuous Quality Improvement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Learning Table
The 2014 Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in QRIS Learning Table was designed to explore the role of CQI in defining or redefining the QRIS. Setting and monitoring standards and other accountability structures alone may not engage programs, directors and teams to initiate and own the change necessary to improve the program quality to a level that will lead to positive child outcomes. To support an overall CQI approach, states must offer programs, directors and partners a framework and structure that focuses the conversation on a CQI approach at all levels.
This Learning Table series included one in-person meeting, on March 26th and 27th, and four interactive web-based sessions. Participants also had access to an electronic collection of resources related to the topic of each interactive event. Each web-based session focused on an individual theme within the broad frame of Continuous Quality Improvement and was designed to be very interactive with discussion and sharing among participating states. State teams were offered follow-up technical assistance in order to more directly tailor the content to the individual needs of the state.
Creating an Effective Technical Assistance System to Develop High Quality Early Learning Programs
As states move beyond establishing quality standards and applying ratings within a QRIS framework, the focus is shifting to providing supports, resources and practices that can assist programs to methodically improve quality and outcomes for children. The BUILD Initiative’s QRIS National Learning Network, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), provided a technical assistance program to states focused on "Creating an Effective Technical Assistance System to Develop High Quality Early Learning Programs." As part of the Learning Table, state teams engaged in a structured dialogue with national experts and other state teams to assess their current state technical assistance system on four levels (early learning programs, technical assistance professionals, supervisor/sponsoring agencies, and finally the state level). With assistance from our resource team, states created an implementation plan to establish a more effective and efficient technical assistance system that can promote high quality early care and learning programs and achieve better outcomes for children.
Standards-Based QRIS Learning Table
BUILD Initiative’s QRIS National Learning Network partnered with the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement on this Learning Table.
The efficiency and implementation expense of a QRIS is directly influenced by the complexity, extent and content of its standards and of the procedures to assess compliance with its standards. Provider participation rates and state costs are shaped by QRIS efficiency. Similarly, the degree to which a QRIS genuinely engages programs across the sectors of ECE (e.g., centers, homes, schools, Head Start and Early Head Start) is directly related to both the content of its standards and the ease of the application and documentation processes for its standards.
This Learning Table collectively offered guiding principles and recommendations for the development and revision of QRIS standards and state policy changes to support implementing an effective and efficient Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Evidence-Based Approaches to Building Quality for Diverse Young Learners in State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)
In 2012, states participated in a BUILD Initiative and QRIS National Learning Network-supported Learning Table related to building quality services and supports for young children who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse and their families. The below link will provide you access to a plethora of resource materials on this topic, PowerPoint presentations, etc. For states that are thinking about how to create a QRIS that responds to the needs of all young children and their families, of whatever race, culture and language, you will find here a collection of helpful resources.
Outcomes Based QRIS
This Learning Table series was designed to help state QRIS leaders who were in the process of developing or implementing their QRIS use real-life policy and system questions as content for peer-group learning. The intention of the Learning Table was to support states in asking critical questions and thinking through their QRIS design, so that they can learn from other states and build these systems more quickly and effectively. The resources from this Learning Table (held in 2011) are available to you for review by clicking on the link below.