Getting Better and Better: How Three QIS/QRIS Systems are Moving Forward with Quality

Muriel Wong
Ariel Davis
Nicole Lopez
Rachael Brown-Kendall
Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 24th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Getting Better and Better: How Three QIS/QRIS Systems are Moving Forward with Quality:

As states and localities continue to develop QIS/QRIS or engage in redesign activities, a centralized data system is essential. Data based systems can provide tools for providers, technical assistance professionals and system administrators. This session shared how New York and Washington expanded their systems to include Head Start and public schools and how in Palm Beach, Florida, a redesign aimed to serve young children and families with the greatest needs.

Speaker Biographies:

Muriel Wong is a managing partner of Web-Based Early Learning System (WELS). Muriel has been working in early care and education for over 30 years. Her experiences as a teacher and director have contributed to her skills as a trainer and consultant. She developed The Art and Science of Technical Assistance for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), a professional development series and has worked with Miami and Palm Beach, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.

Ariel Davis is the Project Coordinator of QUALITYstarsNY, New York’s Quality Rating and Improvement System at the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Ariel manages various aspects of the project's statewide implementation, including overseeing the completion of major deliverables and maintaining accountability and fiscal oversight by reporting to partners and stakeholders. Dedicated to building lasting systems that provide children with access to high quality education, Ariel applies her leadership, strategic thinking and project management skills to the opportunities and challenges of the work. Ariel received a B.A. in American Studies and a M.A. in Education Studies with a concentration in Program Evaluation from Tufts University. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Public Administration at CUNY’s Baruch College.

Mary Hayes has been in the forefront of the quality improvement movement in early education for the past 13 years, first at Quality New York and now for QUALITYstarsNY. As the Quality Improvement Manager for QUALITYstarsNY, Mary has worked collaboratively with her team of Quality Improvement Specialists to implement approaches that help program administrators become more effective managers and leaders, key characteristics of high-quality programs for young children. Ms. Hayes has extensive experience in higher education as an instructor in early childhood education and leadership development and is a frequent workshop presenter at local and national conferences. Ms. Hayes holds a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration for Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fitchburg State University.

Nicole Lopez is a Program Officer at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County Florida. She currently holds a degree from Miami-Dade College in Elementary Education and Child Development. She also pursued her undergraduate degree in Human Services and graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. For the last three years she has been working with the QRIS in Palm Beach, Strong Minds. Prior to that Nicole spent five years in Miami-Dade County with the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe Counties as their Project Manager with the QRIS, Quality Counts. She also has extensive experience in child welfare, school readiness, and data system.

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.

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