Resource Materials

Below are the links for the documents referenced in the Maine presentation:
The 'parent website' with google maps that was referenced is here:

Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings: A Compendium of Measures, Second Edition. This document is a comprehensive collection of information by Child Trends on a large number of program quality measures. Think of it as an encyclopedia of tools. It may be a helpful resource for the homework assignment.

Tools and Initiatives Supported in States for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) (click on document title or on link below). Email if there are other tools you think should be included in this document.

Classroom Quality in Numbers: Using Multiple Measures of Classroom Quality and the Effect on the Reliability and Validity As a part of the FACES study*, Mathematica Policy Research designed and conducted a study to assess the extent to which using different observation measures and protocols to evaluate classroom quality may affect (1) the resulting scores and (2) the reliability of the measures. This "poster" provides an overview of what was learned from the study.

List of Items Included in the Standard ECERS-R, FACES Subscales, and whether the Item is included in Short ECERS-R and the Two National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL) Factors (click on document title or on link below)

Session Two Homework - Assessment Tools used by Learning Table States (click on document title or on link below)

State QRIS Profiles - Learning Table Participating States (click on document title or on link)

QRIS Online Application and Tracking Systems  Listen in to this webinar with the States of Maine, Michigan and Arizona on their QRIS online application and tracking systems. Presenters shared the structure of their systems, how they are used and successes and challenges. If you are thinking of doing something similar in your state, this webinar will be extremely helpful. The link below includes both the powerpoint and the speakers' presentations.

The QRIS Resource Guide is intended as a tool for States and communities to explore key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) The Guide is divided into nine sections. Each section contains a set of questions, with guidance for addressing the questions, for States to consider and discuss when planning, implementing, or revising a QRIS. The sections can stand alone, but it is recommended that the whole Guide be read in its entirety before starting to use it in a planning process. The Guide gives examples throughout the sections to illustrate strategies States used to develop and implement their QRIS, plus publications and other resources on specific topics.

All accrediting institutions applying to be a Recognized Accrediting Organization under the OCDEL Keystone STARS program must submit an application demonstrating the criteria below. Applications must describe how the criteria are met and submit supporting documentation:
Criteria I: Fiscal and Administrative Capability for Administering an Accrediting Process
Criteria II: Administrative Policies and System Evaluation Procedures
Criteria III: Accreditation Process
Criteria IV: Institution’s Standards for Early Learning Programs or School-Age/Afterschool Programs
Web-Based Supports for QRIS: The Pennsylvania Experience - Shared Resources Platform
Thu, 12/01/2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Web-Based Supports for QRIS: The Pennsylvania Experience

This webinar will demonstrate a web-based platform that is being used in Pennsylvania to help early care and education programs successfully participate in Keystone Stars, the state QRIS. In addition to linking participating programs to resources that can help them comply with QRIS standards, the platform includes links to a host of cost-saving opportunities, administrative tools and templates, marketing resources, opportunities for networking and more. The website has been brought to Pennsylvania by a collaboration that includes several state and local chapters of NAEYC as well as the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation with support from the William Penn Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and CCA Global Partners.

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