Increasing Provider Engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

As states develop and revise their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), many have focused particular attention and effort on increasing provider participation rates. The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program, along with the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement, created this brief to highlight efforts to raise provider participation in three states: Indiana, Kentucky, and Washington. These states were selected because they represent varied but successful approaches to increasing QRIS participation. Members of the QRIS team in each state participated in interviews regarding their outreach efforts. This brief summarizes the context, key strategies, considerations and recommendations from each state. Common themes include: build on current systems, consider the full trajectory of the process, consider how the identified audiences receive the information, and focus on relationships.