2020 QRIS National Meeting

2020 QRIS National Meeting

Join us in Orlando, FL for QRIS 2020 from July 8-10!

QRIS 2020 is a highlight of BUILD's 50-state Learning Community dedicated to advancing high-quality, equitable, culturally competent, affordable, and accessible early learning opportunities for each and every young child. As one of the few national conferences that brings a cross-systems perspective t the study of quality in early childhood, it aims to provide opportunities that inform and improve the practices of the attending professionals while emphasizing cross-system and cross-sector approaches to meeting the needs of the whole child, the promotion of equity, and engagement of families, providers, and stakeholders.

QRIS 2020 is designed to bring together a range of leaders from all levels including: state child care administrators, QRIS administrators, Head Start state and local leaders, technical assistance providers, coaches and mentors, quality improvement specialists, advocates, policy makers, evaluators and researchers, funders, higher education faculty, and early childhood systems leaders at the national, state, territory, tribal nation, and community levels.

You will have the opportunity to meet your peers from other states and territories, hear about the latest research, and learn about effective practices, innovations, and big ideas in the development, implementation, and revision of quality systems. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from leading experts, share your own work, and talk to your colleagues across the country about their successes and challenges.

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Want to plan your vacation around the conference? Discounted tickets for the parks are available at special prices for QRIS 2020 attendees.

2020 Registration categories and fees:

  • Early Bird:  $450.00 (ends at 9:00 pm Eastern on March 30)
  • Regular:  $575.00 (ends at 9:00 pm Eastern on June 5)
    • Add a pre-conference for $125.00. Registration for pre-conferences ends on June 5.
  • Late:  $800.00 (ends at 9:00 pm Eastern on July 3)
  • On-Site Registration:  $900.00 (July 8010 in Orlando)

Are you from a BUILD state (DC, IL, MI, MN, OR, SC, TX, WA)? Contact jbender@buildinitiative.org for a special $100 discount available until Early Bird ends.


If you'd like to become a sponsor of QRIS 2020, please check out our sponsorship opportunities and contact Jenn Bender, jbender@buildinitiative.org, for more info.

Update 3/10/20

The BUILD Initiative places a high priority on the health and safety of its staff and event participants. We are monitoring both the US government’s official guidance on the recent outbreak of coronavirus, as well as the best practices of other convening organizations. Based on the information we have now from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), we believe that we can host QRIS 2020 safely. 

We have extended the early bird registration period since travel fears may be causing you to hesitate. We have also extended the refund period so that you have a no-risk option to participate in QRIS 2020:

  • Early bird registration deadline: March 30
  • Full refund deadline: June 5

We will continue to monitor the situation. If circumstances worsen and we believe we cannot host this event safely, we will adjust our plans and keep you informed of those decisions along the way. Thank you for all of your work on behalf of young children and their families. We hope to see you in Orlando on July 8 – 10 for QRIS 2020.

Current CDC resources on COVID-19 can be found here: