QUALITYstarsNY is New York’s quality rating and improvement system that is being implemented in targeted communities with funding from the State Department of Education. The goal of the recruitment project was to recruit suitable applicants for the 2012-2014 implementation of QUALITYstarsNY. Early care and education programs were recruited and selected primarily from communities within and around Persistently Low Achieving public schools.
QUALITYstarsNY is New York’s quality rating and improvement system that is being implemented in targeted communities with funding from the State Department of Education. The QUALITYstarsNY Readiness Project was an early strategy to engage the early care and learning community by making QUALITYstarsNY information available in local communities and preparing programs for future statewide implementation. This was accomplished by training workshop facilitators who then provided multiple workshops within 10 regions of the state.
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.
A recently published NAEYC paper provides a framework for thinking about and discussing the widely adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education within the early childhood education field. The implementation of CCSS is of particular importance to NAEYC as well as the early childhood field because of overlapping interest in the latter years of early childhood during the early elementary grades, and because the adoption and implementation of CCSS has the potential to impact programs for children prior to entering kindergarten.
The following provides information about the requirements for healthy weight and obesity prevention found in State child care licensing regulations. First, an analysis is presented of State requirements based on the goal areas in the Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative.