Linking TQRIS Supports and Quality Improvement: What Does the Data Say?

Christine R. Hughes
Iheoma U. Iruka
Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 16th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Linking TQRIS Supports and Quality Improvement: What Does the Data Say?:

Christine R. Hughes, Ph.D. and Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. shared results from a descriptive study that investigated the associations between change in quality and quality improvement supports in programs participating in Miami-Dade County, Florida’s tiered quality rating and improvement system (TQRIS), Quality Counts. The TQRIS supports included grants and financial awards for materials and equipment, educational scholarships for staff, and on-site technical assistance to raise quality.

Speaker Biographies:

Christine R. Hughes, Ph.D. is the Director of Research, Evaluation & Assessment for the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. Dr. Hughes’ professional interests focus primarily on the developmental and academic outcomes of infants and young children from low-income families, as well as the role of early childhood education and care. Dr. Hughes has worked nationally and locally on program evaluation of early intervention and quality rating improvement systems (QRIS). Dr. Hughes has served as the Director of Quality Counts (Miami-Dade County’s QRIS) for the Early Learning Coalition, and previously was a research coordinator of the Quality Counts QRIS Evaluation with FPG Child Development Institute. She earned a B.A. in Psychology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology as an Institute for Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. is currently a Scientist and Associate Director for Research at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Iruka’s research focuses on determining how early experiences impact low-income and ethnic minority children’s development (ages 0-8), including their school readiness, academic and social competence, and well-being. Dr. Iruka is engaged in several projects and initiatives focused on examining how systems and programs can improve the success of disadvantaged children during their early years (e.g., Miami-Dade, FL and North Carolina Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, Head Start Designation Renewal System, Educare Learning Network). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami, FL in Applied Developmental Psychology and her B.A. in Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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