Quality Improvement & Technical Assistance

Quality Improvement & Technical Assistance

Continuous Quality Improvement Framework – Supported Resources and Initiatives

This document contains an example of how States might demonstrate the resources and initiatives available to practitioners in CQI framework. Early Learning programs can be supported and encouraged to engage in a continuous cycle of quality improvement focused on improving outcomes for children and families. Along with technical assistance and professional development, many supports and resources for programs can be linked together in a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework.

Good, Better, Best; Pennsylvania's Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Guide to Best Practices

The "Good/Better/Best" document was developed from experience in managing the Keystone STARS program, analysis of current research, and insights/suggestions practitioners have shared. The "Good/Better/Best" document can assist practitioners in assessing program strengths as well as help identify next steps for improvement. Thoughtful assessment using a variety of sources of evidence can lead to the development of a meaningful continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan.

Best Practices of Accreditation Facilitation Projects: A Framework for Program Quality Improvement Using NAEYC Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria

This manual from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides guiding principles and an overview of strategies for providing technical assistance, coaching/mentoring and facilitation for program improvement.  This information can be generalized for all quality improvement initiatives.  The focus of the manual is on working with the administrator/director as a primary engagement strategy.

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