Monitoring & Accountability
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:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Joint Policy Statement on Coordinated Efficiencies in Monitoring and Oversight of Early Care and Education Programs.
The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a new web-based tool for finding and searching state and territory child care licensing, QRIS, Pre-K, and CCDF provider regulations and for finding contact information for the child care licensing agency.
Three principles of scale development — Dimensionality, Item Selection, & Item Scoring are especially relevant for Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) rating scales. This brief describes how using these principles can help in the development and refinement of QRIS rating scales. Attention to these principles will enhance the ability of QRIS ratings to achieve the goal of predicting observed quality scores and child outcomes.
These two publications address the issues facing early care and education providers because of monitoring by multiple agencies and organizations.
Observational tools are used in QRIS to measure features of process quality in early care and education (ECE) programs. This fact sheet provides a descriptive analysis of how observational tools are being incorporated across all currently operating QRIS in states and localities
Assessing Quality in Family & Provider-Teacher Relationships: Using the FPTRQ Measures in Conjunction with Strengthening Families™ & the Head Start Parent, Family & Community Engagement Frameworks & Self-Assessments
This research-to-practice brief is intended to help policymakers, program managers, and practitioners learn how the newly released Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) measures can be used to complement or supplement two approaches, Strengthening Families™ and the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) frameworks, and their related self-assessments, that have been frequently used by Early Care and Education (ECE) stakeholders to support their work with families and to assess their programs, providers and teachers in these efforts.
This brief introduces the Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) measures for early care and education stakeholders. The brief introduces the constructs and elements included in the measures, the measures’ reliability, how the measures might be used, and how to use them.
The article Quality in early childhood settings: universal values and cultural flexibility (page 78) within the June edition of Early Childhood Matters from the Bernard van Leer Foundation – A good start: advances in early childhood development – enables us see QRIS work in a worldwide context and explores the meaning of quality.
Mission and goal statements are explicit written declarations that provide a foundation for QRIS activities and expected outcomes. Mission and goal statements may be included in QRIS statutes, policy manuals and/or websites; they offer stakeholders a clear vision of the QRIS priorities.