Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building

A Foundation for Quality Improvement Systems: State Licensing, Preschool and QRIS Program Standards

This brief by the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement is an examination of current standards that apply to varied types of early care and education programs. It contains an overview of the types of program quality standards in States, discusses challenges faced by States in establishing a common set of standards, and describes the applicability of standards to varied programs and settings for young children.

Unlocking the Potential of QRIS: Trends and Opportunities in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Applications

Written by noted consultant Louise Stoney, this brief explores the ideas and trends related to QRIS that state leaders included in their Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge applications.  It is designed to provide not only useful background information for state policymakers, funders, and nonprofit leaders, but also to stimulate discussion within the field about opportunities to advance high-quality 

NAEYC QRIS Public Policy Revisions

The NAEYC Governing Board has approved revisions to the quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) section of the NAEYC Public Policy Program. The new language sets forth a vision for creating high-functioning QRIS that are also well-integrated into the broader state early care and education system.

QRIS and Diversity Resource List

This resource list includes resources, tools, rating standards and policies used in quality rating and improvement systems that relate to cultural equity, sensitivity, relevance or appropriateness as well as to multicultural or bi-lingual education. The resource list is not exhaustive. It is a working draft that can be updated as states and national organizations develop additional tools and document their policies and processes. Many states may have processes in place that have not yet been documented.

The Big Picture Planning Guide: Building Cross-Sector Professional Development Systems In Early Childhood, 3rd Ed

The Big Picture Planning Guide is designed to support a cross-sector, state-level planning process that leads to a single, integrated, professional development system, across all early childhood sectors. The planning guide provides a four-step sequence for considering the key components and contexts of a statewide early childhood professional development system. A definition and conceptual framework for professional development are included, as well as suggestions for facilitation, guiding questions, key considerations, and planning forms.