Evaluation & Research

Evaluation & Research

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education Programs: Making the Second Generation Better

This reports suggests ways that states can strategically allocate funds for and within Quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) to achieve their goals of expanding access to and improving the quality of ECE programs. The report assesses what the early childhood field has learned about QRISs as they have been widely adopted and matured, and how the field can strategically move this first generation of QRISs into a second generation.

Validation of the Quality Ratings Used in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): A Synthesis of State Studies

The purpose of this report is to compile and analyze findings from 10 validation studies examining quality ratings of ECE programs participating in state QRIS. The availability of recent research results addressing similar research questions in 10 different states offers a rare opportunity to synthesize findings across multiple contexts and discuss the implications for design, implementation, and future research on state ECE quality initiatives.

QRIS 3.0 Tools and Resources

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are evolving rapidly. As part of BUILD's effort to support QRIS to reform and strengthen early learning systems, we have created a suite of 5 resources, dubbed QRIS 3.0:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Early Childhood Development 2016 Accomplishments

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the focal point within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for early childhood health and development at the Federal level. The Office provides oversight to two of the largest Federal programs—Head Start and Child Care, including the new Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP).

Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions

A new survey development brief from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium), in partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce), documents the adaptation and refinement of the UChicago Consortium’s K-12 Five Essentials survey for use in publicly-funded early education programs, including federally-funded Head Start, state-, and locally-funded programs that provide center-based services (not home-based services) to three- and four-year-old children.  The brief, titled Essentia

2015 Technical Assistance Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a descriptive analysis of data from QRIScompendium.org about how technical assistance (TA) is being implemented across the 40 QRIS operating in the US. It includes information about: the types and focus areas of TA, the job titles used for TA providers, the number of TA providers delivering services for QRIS, and trainings or certifications needed for TA providers.

Chapter 8 Impact of the Early Learning Challenge on State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

This is Chapter 8 of the BUILD Initiative's E-Book-Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. This chapter discusses the impact of what many consider to be the centerpiece of the ELC: the requirement that states establish a tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and describes benefi ts, early lessons, opportunities and future QRIS challenges.