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.
This report examines how well the Tennessee Evaluation and Report Card Program (STARS) system is functioning for the individual child care provider and (2) to determine the effectiveness of organizations comprising the support system (technical assistance, training, professional development, assessment, and quality assurance).
A case study of five early adopting state QRISs including descriptions of the theory of change, including aspects of quality included in each state system, challenges facing system designers and lessons learned from these states.
A summary of an examination of a strategy to promote school-age caregiving quality by adapting states' tiered QRS, which were designed primarily for early care providers, for providers serving school age children.
A study of differences by race and ethnicity in welfare leavers' preference for various characteristics of child care settings, including the role of Pennsylvania's Quality Rating System in informing parents' child care choices.
This report has three main findings: Child care quality has increased in the study sample during the Smart Start years; Smart Start-funded activities were positively related to classroom quality; and quality was positively related to children's outcomes.