Supporting Babies Through QRIS: Inclusion of Infant and Toddler Quality Standards

Ola J. Friday
Lisa Henley
Maria Victoria Mayoral
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the ninth webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Supporting Babies Through QRIS: Inclusion of Infant and Toddler Quality Standards:

ZERO TO THREE’s Policy Center is developing a series of documents to help ensure that Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are supporting the needs of infants and toddlers. During the webinar, some examples of QRIS standards that have been included across the nation to help programs promote the healthy development and learning of infants and toddlers were explored. In addition to the state examples, some considerations that should be taken into account while developing and revising standards to purposefully promote developmentally-appropriate policies and practices were examined. Two states, New York and Indiana, shared how their states have developed and implemented standards that address the needs of infants and toddlers in very intentional ways. A discussion took place to learn more about participants’ experiences in connecting QRIS with assessment tools, license-exempt programs, data collection, quality improvement plans and other supports in order to increase a system’s capacity to promote high-quality programs for infants and toddlers.

Speaker Biographies:

Ola J. Friday is a Project Coordinator with the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (the PDI). There she coordinates the implementation of the QUALITYstarsNY - New York State’s quality rating and improvement system that works with over 300 early education providers to improve program and staff quality. Ola brings to this work knowledge of public policy analysis and early childhood education policy. Before coming to the PDI, Ola worked in local government and as a human capital consultant to public sector state agencies. She holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she focused her research on career pathways within the early childhood education industry and means to increased compensation for child care workers. Ola is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a founding board member of the New York City Urban Fellows Alumni Association.

Lisa Henley has over 25 years of experience working in the Early Childhood field, 20 of which were spent providing professional development to Early Childhood Educators. She presently is the Director of Child Care Quality Initiatives at the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral (IACCRR) state network, where she directs the Better Baby Care Indiana Campaign. The Better Baby Care Indiana Campaign is part of a national movement to improve child care environments and support systems for parent and caregivers of infants and toddlers. Ms. Henley seeks to work in collaboration with existing national, state, and local organizations to bring attention to the issues and to improve the policies that govern the quality of care, and parent education, family support, and related policies. Prior to her work with IACCRR, Ms. Henley was a Child Care Teacher, Child Care Center Director, a Child Development Associate instructor and mentor, and Education Coordinator.

Maria Victoria Mayoral serves as Senior Policy Analyst at ZERO TO THREE. She works on both the federal and state teams to promote a developmental approach to early childhood policies and provide resources for policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Prior to joining ZTT, Maria worked at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and served as Director for the Early Care and Education Institute. Prior to assuming her position at CHCF, Maria served as a clinical researcher and advocate at the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts Medical Center, the Research Institute for Learning and Development, Harvard’s School of Public Health/Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts University’s Psychology Department. Maria participated in New York State’s Early Childhood Advisory Council’s workgroups, which provide strategic direction on early childhood issues, including the design and implementation of the QRIS.

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