QRIS Policies, Processes and Procedures Guidance Materials

Peggy Ball
Denise Mauzy
Leslie Totten
Rachael Brown-Kendall
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 22nd webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, QRIS Policies, Processes and Procedures Guidance Materials:

During the session, presenters and participants explored the topic of guidance manuals to document QRIS policies, processes and procedures for participating programs. Clear and accessible guidance information for all early childhood programs on how to participate in QRIS should support increased participation rates which, in turn, leads to improved access for families. Documented and transparent policies, processes and procedures for QRIS will help to assure consistency in their application. 

Speaker Biographies:

Peggy Ball has more than 30 years of experience in public policy and administration, with a focus on designing early childhood education and governance systems and moving quality improvement initiatives to the level of statewide application. She has managed state agencies and programs in both human services and post-secondary education. As deputy director and director of the North Carolina Division of Child Development, she worked on the design of subsidy reform, assisted with the launch of Smart Start and the creation and launch of a pre-kindergarten program, and also implemented the North Carolina 5 Star Rated License (QRIS) in 1999. At the national level, she was a TA Specialist with the National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center and the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement. She holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the American University in Cairo, Egypt and is a Certified Public Manager.

Denise Mauzy has over 15 years of experience working in early childhood professional development systems, data systems, and policy. She has expert knowledge in the areas of program assessment projects (e.g., QRIS) and workforce registries. Ms. Mauzy is a part of the ELC TA program, the DaSy Center and serves on the National Workforce Registry Alliance Board.

Leslie Totten is a native of Arizona and received her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Organizational Communication; she then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University with a specialization in Early Literacy. Leslie’s experience has spanned across many early childhood arenas from working in a public school preschool classroom, to a center director of a private preschool and kindergarten, and then onto a faith based community program education coordinator. She then worked as an adjunct faculty member teaching early childhood coursework for the Maricopa Community College system and also worked at Arizona State University in a teacher mentoring program. Her current position is the director of Quality First, Arizona’s Quality Improvement and Rating System at First Things First.

Rachael Brown-Kendall is the QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Previous to this role she served as the Technical Assistance Services Manager for the Child Care Aware of Washington Network office. There she worked closely with regional Child Care Aware agencies within the state to support the implementation of pre-rating services to Early Achievers participants and also served as a liaison between the regional work and the Department of Early Learning. Rachael also has many years of experience providing direct supports to child care programs, children and families—as a teacher, director, coach, and program manager. Although her job focuses on state systems implementation, she maintains close contact with her home community and serves as the current board president of her local AEYC affiliate where she continues to support annual cohorts to develop leadership skills among early learning professionals in that community.

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

Web Resources:

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Program Guides – https://occqrisguide.icfwebservices.com/files/QRIS_Program_Guides.pdf