This document offers suggestions for the inclusion of quality indicators for infants and toddlers within Quality Rating Systems (QRS). Quality Rating Systems are being implemented in States, Tribes, and Territories to establish a means to both define and promote quality in child care settings. These rating systems include five common elements: 1) standards, 2) accountability measures, 3) program and practitioner outreach and support, 4) financial incentives, and 5) parent/consumer education. They are program-wide in scope and apply to the care of all children. (author abstract)
This fact sheet presents special considerations in developing early learning guidelines (ELGs) for infants and toddlers. The difference between ELGs and program standards is discussed. ELGs are research-based, measurable expectations about what children should know (i.e., understand) and do (i.e., competencies and skills) in different domains of learning. Program standards are expectations about the characteristics or quality of child care settings.