The approach chosen by a State to implement its QRIS depends on several factors, including the needs of the State, the goals of the system, and the State’s political context. For example, States that embed a QRIS in statute may have a history of rooting other programs in statute. Also, operationalizing a QRIS within statute depends on the type of system the State has chosen to implement. In a rated license system, each rated license is a property right that needs a repeals process to revoke, so it will require statutory language.
This brief annotated directory of QRIS websites lists the official state or regional websites that communicate information about QRIS, especially ratings, to various audiences including parents, providers and the general public. The descriptions include unique or notable features.
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.
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.