Quality Rating and Improvement Systems’ administrators are seeking resources and technical assistance for sorting out the goals and methods associated with different validation questions and approaches. This guidance and planning template is a practical tool that states and evaluators can use to develop QRIS validation efforts.
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education and school age care programs are designed to collect information about quality and to use that information to produce program-level ratings, which are the foundation of a QRIS.
The use of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) is continually expanding across the country; in 2010, there were 25 states operating or piloting QRISs and now nearly every other state is planning to or has already begun developing a QRIS or another quality improvement (QI) initiative (Tout, Starr, Soli, Moodie, Kirby, and Boller 2010; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010b).
This review of the literature is one of several components of the Measurement Development: Quality of Caregiver-Child Interaction for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT) project. The main purpose of the Q-CCIIT project is to develop a new measure to assess the quality of caregiver-child interactions within varied non-parental care settings for infants and toddlers. This review describes previous work on both parent-child interactions and quality measures used in early care settings serving infants and toddlers.
The Toolkit is an informational resource for state administrators, child care and early education practitioners, and other stakeholders on how QRISs work; why it is important to conduct evaluation of QRISs; and on how to plan and design an evaluation of QRISs.
This report provides an in-depth look at quality rating and improvement systems in Miami/Dade County in Florida and in the States of Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. This report, on defining and measuring quality, examines the approaches used by five states and communities to measure quality through QRIS.