QRIS Structure: Blocks, Points or a Combination?

Michelle West Lenhart
Anne Mitchell
Kathryn Tout
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 15th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, QRIS Structure: Blocks, Points or a Combination?:

OPRE’s research brief by Child Trends, “Implications of QRIS Design for the Distribution of Program Ratings and Linkages Between Ratings and Observed Quality” was released in March 2014. A presentation from Child Trends about this research was followed by a conversation between Kathryn Tout, Anne Mitchell and Michelle Lenhart from Minnesota about the implications of this information for our ECE systems building work and the factors which states have considered when developing the structure of the QRIS.

Speaker Biographies:

Michelle West Lenhart is a policy analyst for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). She provides leadership and policy analysis aimed at increasing the quality of early care and education settings, with a special focus on reducing disparities in children’s outcomes. She has worked in the field of early care and education policy for the past 14 years. Prior to working at DHS, Michelle worked for the Education Commission of the States, Child Care Aware of America and the Office of United States Senator Paul Wellstone. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Anne Mitchell is President of Early Childhood Policy Research, and co-founded the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance. She has written widely on early care and education policy, finance reform and system-building and has worked with more than half of U.S. states and dozens of foundations, as well as with federal agencies and national organizations. Previously she worked at Bank Street College of Education in New York City and directed child care centers in Massachusetts and Vermont. She has a degree in astronomy from Wellesley College and master’s in education leadership from Bank Street. Anne was an elected member of the Greenville (NY) Board of Education for 18 years and is a Past-President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kathryn Tout serves as Co-Director for Early Childhood Development and Senior Research Scientist Education at Child Trends. Under a contract with the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Dr. Tout directs the Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) which brings together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to identify critical issues in the field of quality improvement and develop guidance and tools on best practices and evaluation strategies. She was also a co-Principal Investigator on the Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Assessment project. In Minnesota, she is the Project Director for multiple evaluations including an evaluation of the statewide rollout of Parent Aware, a five-year evaluation of the professional development system for early care and education and school-age care, and a four-year evaluation of a child care accreditation facilitation project.

Presentation Recording: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=9l3b30