Financing & Financial Incentives

Financing & Financial Incentives

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:

Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: A Review of the Literature

This report summarizes findings of a literature review and research syntheses in three areas — implementation science, early care and education quality, and costs. The goal of this effort was to create a draft conceptual framework to guide development of measures for the implementation and costs of early care and education in center-based settings that serve children from birth to age 5.

Early Childhood Teacher Education Policies: Research Review and State Trends

CEELO released this paper which provides policymakers with a review of published research on early childhood (ECE) workforce education and credentials as well as on the current status of ECE wages, recruitment and retention challenges, and promising practices. It summarizes trends in state requirements regarding ECE teachers with bachelor’s degrees and specialized certification, licensure, or endorsements of pre-K teachers.

Adapting Child Care Market Price Surveys to Support State Quality Initiatives

Recent changes to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) require a State’s child care market price survey to:

  • be statistically valid and reliable; and
  • reflect variations in the cost of child care services by geographic area, type of provider, and age of child.

States may use an alternative methodology for setting payment rates, such as a cost estimation model, to take into account the cost of meeting quality requirements.

Child Care Subsidy Literature Review

What does recent research say about child care subsidies? To answer that question for state administrators, program developers, and policymakers looking for a base of knowledge on subsidy policies, this literature review contains:

•             Descriptive information about subsidy use;

•             A review of the association between receiving a subsidy and parents' choice of high quality care or continuity of care with subsidized arrangements; and

Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to provide state advocates and policymakers with strategies, tools, resources and options to make policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to and length of children’s participation in full-workday, full-year, high-quality early learning programs that benefit vulnerable young children and working families.