Standards & Standards Alignment
Crosswalk of NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria with Other Accrediting/Assessment Systems
This report provides a crosswalk of the NAEYC accreditation system with other accreditation/assessment systems including the American Montessori Society, Head Start, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The purpose of the crosswalk was to compare the other systems to determine the necessity and utility of the Connecticut Preschool and Readiness Standards. While this report was done specifically for Connecticut, readers will find it helpful since it compares different accreditation/assessment systems that states should be considering in their QRIS alignment efforts.
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Head Start Alignment
This paper was developed in response to the many questions which arose during the 2011 Early Learning Challenge grant planning process when applicants were asked to align and integrate Head Start into their state quality rating and improvement system. The paper outlines some of the benefits and challenges of such an alignment process and poses questions for next steps that must be taken at the federal and state level to support greater alignment efforts in the future.
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.
A discussion of how to build a QRIS that considers and honors the cultures of providers, children and families.
A brief that provides an overview of standards that could be incorporated into QRIS to begin to address making QRIS more cultural appropriate
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.