To gain more insight into different strategies for shaping and implementing QRIS, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) interviewed 48 child care center directors from nine states (FL, IL, IA, KY, ME, NC, OK, PA, TN) about their experiences with QRIS.
Drawn from an analysis of the 2010 Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations, this chart provides an overview of frequent questions from states in regard to key process, policy and procedural issues that often arise from states during the development, implementation and expansion of th
As quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) increasingly become the key strategy for improving the quality of early care and education, it is critical to understand and examine how such systems define quality, the benchmarks used to indicate quality, and the opportunities in place to support improvement. This report examines the extent to which QRISs support the professional development of practitioners and include in their rating rubrics key ingredients — staff qualifications, direct compensation, and the factors related to work settings – that have been linked to quality.
This document is the final version of the Washington State QRIS Quality Standards, now completed after a 2-year field test process. Promoting child outcomes and school readiness is at the core of the framework.
In 2010-2011, Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive by Five conducted a second year of the Seeds to Success field test in five sites across Washington State. A research team from the Childcare Quality and Early Learning (CQEL) Center at the University of Washington (UW), which included local coders from each community, was contracted to collect and analyze data from participating childcare businesses in the five field test sites. This report provides details on the results of the field test and recommendations for the Seeds to Success program.
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Head Start Alignment
This paper was developed in response to the many questions which arose during the 2011 Early Learning Challenge grant planning process when applicants were asked to align and integrate Head Start into their state quality rating and improvement system. The paper outlines some of the benefits and challenges of such an alignment process and poses questions for next steps that must be taken at the federal and state level to support greater alignment efforts in the future.