A Foundation for Quality Improvement Systems: State Licensing, Preschool and QRIS Program Standards

This brief by the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement is an examination of current standards that apply to varied types of early care and education programs. It contains an overview of the types of program quality standards in States, discusses challenges faced by States in establishing a common set of standards, and describes the applicability of standards to varied programs and settings for young children. The brief also includes an analysis of the content of program standards focused on five areas that all programs serving young children need to address: preservice qualifications and ongoing professional development; curriculum and learning activities; child assessment; children’s health; and family engagement.