Summary of Obesity Prevention Standards in State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Licensing Regulations

Childhood obesity continues to be a national epidemic even among young children; thus, it is important to understand and share ways states are weaving prevention strategies into their early care and education (ECE) systems. The purpose of this summary is to identify how states are promoting healthy eating, breastfeeding, physical activity, and limited screen time in ECE through quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) standards and licensing regulations.

Early Childhood Education Teachers 2.0: Strategies to Transform the Profession

In 2015, three local nonprofit organizations formed the Early Childhood Education Workforce Transformation Initiative (ECEWTI) to study the early childhood education workforce and to make recommendations for change. Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), Montgomery Early Learning Centers (MELC), and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) collected and analyzed ECE workforce data. This report presents key findings and recommendations organized in three major sections: teacher recruitment; teacher preparation; and, teacher retention and advancement.

Improving Quality for Child Care Centers in Greater Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Success by 6

The Success By 6® (SB6) initiative is designed to support early care and education centers in improving and sustaining quality in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).1 Keystone STARS is a statewide QRIS that is comprised of four levels, STAR 1 through 4. Achieving high quality early care and education is a critical activity to promote positive developmentof children in Philadelphia and the nation, particularly for children from low-income families.

Build it Better: Indicators of Progress to Support Integrated Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

This resource, which builds on Workforce Designs' four principles and six policy areas, provides a set of indicators to benchmark the quality and effectiveness of state early childhood professional development systems, stimulate strategic planning, and help policy makers, administrators, educators, and advocates work together to build a better professional development system for early childhood educators working with children birth through age 8.

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Stakeholder Theories of Change and Models of Practice

QRIS have existed for about two decades and in this short timeframe the systems have evolved.  The initial focus was on improving the generally low quality of care in the late 1990s. In 2009-10, the federal stimulus funds and the announcement of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grant competition spurred on an already emerging second generation of QRIS development.