This Microsoft PowerPoint presentation describes how States are using Quality Rating Systems (QRS) to improve the quality of early care and education programs. Common elements of QRS include: (1) standards, (2) accountability, (3) program and practitioner outreach and support, (4) financing incentives linked to compliance with quality standards, and (5) parent/consumer education. Accreditation is included in 10 of the 11 Statewide QRS. Thirty States have Statewide tiered reimbursement. State evaluations have found positive impacts of QRS on quality.
This Technical Assistance Self-Assessment Workbook was developed to assist Tribal child care administrators and providers in assessing their unique situations and technical assistance needs. The workbook includes the following sections: (1) policies/practices/caregiver training, (2) building and premises, and (3) infection control. In each section, there are subsections and minimum standards. Next to each standard is a place for individuals to share their concrete experiences and technical assistance needs.