Multi-State Resources

Multi-State Resources

Early Childhood Mental Health Initiatives in Select RTT-ELC States

Information about Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio initiatives related to early childhood mental health consultation. This information will be helpful to other States as they consider initiatives that will support the development of social and emotional competence in infants and young children.  The summary descriptions of the role that State mental health agencies play in providing services and highlights recent successes.

Sharpening the Focus: State Policy to Promote Effective Teaching that Improves Learning

The BUILD Initiative and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) worked together with state leaders and national experts to strengthen policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade. A result of this ongoing collaboration is this paper "Sharpening the Focus," which encourages state policymakers and their partners to critically review professional development and accountability policies, offers guidance o

Aligning QRIS and CCR&R Goals to Support a High Quality Early Learning System

Nearly every state and territory has established a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) or is planning one. In most states, referral agencies (CCR&Rs) play an important part in the implementation of QRIS. Because of this many stae leaders are rethinking the roles of these agencies. In 2014, the BUILD Initiative conducted a survey of states and interviews with state leaders in five states. The BUILD Initiative shares the result of that research in this brief.

Aligning QRIS and CCR&R Goals to Support a High Quality Early Learning System

As of 2014, nearly every state and territory had established a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) or is planning for one. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) play an important part in the implementation of QRIS in most states. Early childhood leaders in numerous states are rethinking the roles of CCR&R and several asked BUILD to help them better understand how states have restructured the role and funding of CCR&Rs to support QRIS implementation.

Using the New QRIS Compendium: Observational Tools Used in QRIS Example

This spreadsheet is a real-world example that was created using data from The report on the first tab was created by pulling data from the QRIS Compendium related to states’ use of observation tools, highlighting states that use both the ERS and CLASS™ in their rating. It also shows states that incorporate more than one observational tool into their standards but where only one tool impacts the rating and states that are using two different tools in the rating (but not both ERS and CLASS™).

Increasing Provider Engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

As states develop and revise their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), many have focused particular attention and effort on increasing provider participation rates. The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program, along with the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement, created this brief to highlight efforts to raise provider participation in three states: Indiana, Kentucky, and Washington. These states were selected because they represent varied but successful approaches to increasing QRIS participation.

QRIS in Statute and Regulations

The approach chosen by a State to implement its QRIS depends on several factors, including the needs of the State, the goals of the system, and the State’s political context. For example, States that embed a QRIS in statute may have a history of rooting other programs in statute. Also, operationalizing a QRIS within statute depends on the type of system the State has chosen to implement. In a rated license system, each rated license is a property right that needs a repeals process to revoke, so it will require statutory language.

Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Approaches to Integrating Programs for Young Children in Two States

This report focuses on the development, implementation and integration of quality rating and improvement systems in the States of Indiana and Pennsylvania including details related to the launch of these systems, financing, quality assurance, governance, early learning standards, provider engagement, consumer education and professional development.  For states just getting started in their QRIS development or states in the midst of expansion, there is much to be learned from this analysis of the work in these two states.