Quality Improvement & Technical Assistance
Quality Rating Systems (QRS) are currently operating, under development or being piloted in over 25 states or local areas. As the QRS model becomes integrated into the landscape of child care and education service delivery, policy and the decisions parents make about child care across the United States, there is an increasing need for descriptive and comparative information about QRS implementation and evaluation. Acknowledging this need, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S.
Early Learning Guidelines, Curriculum and Child Assessment in Standards of State Quality Improvement and Rating Systems
This 50-state matrix (as well as the District of Columbia) provides data on the status of states in establishing early learning guidelines and inclusion of curriculum and child assessment in standards established within their state quality rating and improvement systems.
These series of reports and breifs present results from first year of Seeds to Success Field Test and Randomized Controlled Trial. Results suggest that when child care providers get one-on-one coaching and a modest amount of money to make changes to their program, the quality of the care they give children starts to go up – and pretty quickly.
Most state QRIS use measures of program quality applicable to the age range served. This document identifies the program quality tool each state uses, how the assessment is used in the QRIS, and how the assessment is linked to program quality improvement.
This audi-conference address issues related to building integrated systems of workforce preparation and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.
A discussion of how to build a QRIS that considers and honors the cultures of providers, children and families.
Stair Steps to Quality: A Guide for States and Communities Developing Quality Rating Systems for Early Care and Education
A guide for implementing a QRIS, including guidance for the early planning stage, the development and assessment of standards, the use of incentives to encourage quality improvement, the financing of the system, and the outreach to promote parental awareness of the system.