Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building
Moving to Outcomes: Approaches to Incorporating Child Assessments into State Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Many studies have shown that higher-quality early care and education (ECE) predicts positive developmental gains for the children who experience it. However, much ECE in the United States is not of sufficiently high quality to produce these benefits.
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
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.
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.
This 1-page handout provides recommendations and strategies for preparing, engaging, and supporting family involvement in state-level meetings.
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.
This powerpoint presentation provides an excellent "visual" as part of a webinar that was held focusing on the "Toward Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States."
Early Learning Challenge: QRIS Planning Tool
This tool was created to assist states in their planning to meet the Early Learning Challenge guidelines for development and expansion of state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.
Toward Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States: Resource Materials
This resource list was created as an accompaniment to the paper on "Towards Better Policy for Early Care and Education in the United States."