Measuring Quality Across Three Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Findings from Secondary Analyses


This report presents analysis of administrative data from quality rating and improvement systems in Miami/Dade County, Florida and the States of Illinois and Tennessee. The secondary data analysis examined the following four research topics:  1. Examining quality rating components across QRIS (through means, ranges, percentages--of the individual components); 2. Examining differences in quality rating components between quality rating levels and for certain types of centers (such as tests of significance);  3. Exploring the unique contribution of each quality rating component on observed quality (through employing regression models with observed quality as the outcome and the quality rating components as explanatory variables); and 4. Describing patterns of quality (through descriptive analyses to develop quality profiles based on select quality components meeting particular thresholds).