An evaluation of the Colorado Qualistar Early Learning QRIS, including: an assessment of system components and the relationships between them; a comparison of Qualistar measures to other established quality measures; and an examination of the association between quality improvements as measured by Qualistar components and children's socioemotional and cognitive outcomes.
A research article that investigates how many items are necessary to score and how many classrooms are necessary to rate to achieve a representative score on the ECERS-R based on classrooms sampled in one state
This brief summarizes research that was conducted to assess the validity of the Qualistar Early Learning Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) as a tool for improving child care quality in Colorado. The QRIS includes five components that are generally agreed to contribute to high quality care: (1) classroom environment, (2) child-staff ratios, (3) staff and director training and education, (4) parent involvement, and (5) accreditation. Data suggest that much work needs to be done before such systems can be confidently designed and implemented at scale.