May 30, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Updated! Online QRIS Resource Guide
      Source: Office of Child Care, National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - May 29, 2014
  2. The Condition of Education 2014
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 28, 2014
  3. Why Rural Matters 2013-14
      Source: The Rural School and Community Trust - May 19, 2014

1. Updated! Online QRIS Resource Guide

Source: Office of Child Care, National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - May 29, 2014

The Office of Child Care's National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement recently published an updated version of their online QRIS Resource Guide. The guide is designed to help States and communities explore key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The QRIS Resource Guide includes a section with State Information that provides a summary of the status of each state's work to implement or develop a QRIS.

2. The Condition of Education 2014

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - May 28, 2014

On May 28, 2014, the Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics published The Condition of Education 2014 online. This congressionally mandated annual report summarizes important trends in education using the latest available statistics. The 2014 report finds that 64% of 3-to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 2012, an increase from 59% in 1990. Sixty percent of these children were in full-day programs, an increase from 39% in 1990. Some sections of interest include:

3. Why Rural Matters 2013-14

Source: The Rural School and Community Trust - May 19, 2014

A recently released report, Why Rural Matters 2013-14 (May 2014), highlights the condition of rural education in the 50 states. The report includes a section on Rural Early Child Development and presents census data describing the characteristics of the rural population ages birth to five in each of the 50 states (see Table 8). This is the seventh report in a series of biennial reports on rural education from the Rural School and Community Trust.