QRIS and P-3: Creating Synergy Across Systems to Close Achievement Gaps and Improve Opportunities for Young Children

This brief summarizes two policy strategies for improving young children's learning and development which have largely operated independantly from one another: quality rating and improvement systems and P-3 alignment. The authors make recomendations as to how both early learning reform efforts can be individually strengthened as well as how they can be aligned with one another to build a stronger and more comprehensive system of care for children that is well positioned to close the acheivement gap. Recomendations are discussed with respect to the important role that the philanthropic community can play in facilitating alignment between the two reform efforts.