Piloting a QRIS in Two Demonstration Communities in Washington State: Findings from the Seeds to Success Modified Field Test

Adie Fatur, Thrive by Five Washington
Char Goodreau, Washington State Department of Early Learning
Kimberly Boller, Mathematica Policy Research
Patricia Del Grosso, Mathematica Policy Research
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Stakeholders in Washington State, like stakeholders in many states, have grappled with how best to improve child care quality. To address this issue, Thrive by Five Washington (Thrive), representatives from several communities (including two demonstration communities), and other stakeholders worked closely with the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) to develop a child care quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). In 2009, Thrive and the two demonstration communities began the Seeds to Success Modified Field Test (Seeds) to assess the effectiveness of a streamlined version of the DEL model. During this presentation, representatives from Thrive and DEL described the Seeds coaching and quality improvement grant model offered to the demonstration communities through the Seeds Modified Field Test and the origins of the field test and its 6-month evaluation. The evaluation team from Mathematica Policy Research presented findings from the randomized controlled trial that compared providers in the two demonstration communities who received Seeds to those that did not, as well as findings about implementation of the model. The presenters then shared lessons learned from the field test and how the state and its partners have used lessons from the field test to further develop and expand Seeds implementation.

Presenters addressed issues related to:
1. Developing and operationalizing an evidence-informed QRIS rating rubric
2. Assessing the impact of QRIS investments on child care quality
3. Implementing quality improvement supports and monitoring implementation for both research and program management purposes
4. Applying lessons from the field test to plans for ongoing development of a replicable QRIS model

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