Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Resources

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1. QRIS Compendium Fact Sheets

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

This series of fact sheets (December 2017) produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides information about the state of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) across the U.S. In 2016, there were 41 QRIS in full operation. The data was generated from the QRIS Compendium, http://qualitycompendium.org.

2. Taking on the Challenge: Building a Strong Foundation for Early Learning

Source: Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELCTA)

ELCTA released Taking on the Challenge: Building a Strong Foundation for Early Learning (December 2017), a summary of the Early Learning Challenge (ELC) Program grantees' progress since it began in 2012. The major focus areas covered are coordinated state systems, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, supporting the early childhood workforce, enhancing data systems, family engagement, strengthening local and community initiatives, and measuring progress. An executive summary and state profiles are included.

3. Learning to Coach with Family Guided Routines Based Intervention (FGRBI)

Source: New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

The FIT FOCUS Video Library has added a new video: A Home Visit with Hailey's Family: Learning to Coach with FGRBI (December 2017). In this video, Jessi, an early intervention home visitor from New Mexico's FIT program describes her work with Hailey and her parents, who are both military personnel. Jessi describes how she has made the transition to using a coaching approach and the benefits of coaching and FGRBI.

The FIT FOCUS Video Library is a component of New Mexico's Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge - FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System and a project of New Mexico's Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program and the Early Childhood Learning Network of the University of New Mexico's Center for Development and Disability.

4. Quality Compendium 2017 Data

Source: BUILD Initiative

The Quality Compendium, formerly known as the QRIS Compendium, from BUILD Initiative has released its 2017 data. With current information on the QRIS for all states, local and territories, the compendium provides answers to frequently asked questions and allows users to make data comparisons across states. Some of the new data components in this edition include:

  • New profiles for Alaska, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Louisiana
  • Observational tool score thresholds by quality level
  • Information about re-rating process and fees

5. Interviews with Early Intervention Practitioners, Coaches, and Administrators (Videos)

Source: New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

A series of 5 videos has been added to New Mexico's FIT FOCUS Video Library (November 2017) that include interviews with early intervention practitioners, coaches, and administrators who participated in the second cohort of the FIT FOCUS video project. The interviewees discuss the impact of using video to enhance early intervention services and supports professional development activities. This project is a component of New Mexico's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. The videos can be found at: http://www.cdd.unm.edu/ecln/FIT/fit-focus-video-library.html

The FIT FOCUS Video Library is a project of New Mexico's Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program and the Early Childhood Learning Network of the University of New Mexico's Center for Development and Disability.

6. Supporting Diverse Children and Workers in Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

Source: Migration Policy Institute

The Migration Policy Institute issued a report in August 2017 that acknowledges the growing numbers of young children with immigrant parents - now more than 10% in a majority of states. The report offers states several strategies that can be used to safeguard QRIS are accessible, equitable, and culturally responsive to effectively serve dual language children and families. In addition, the report examines how 18% of the early care early education workforce are immigrants, and this population brings valuable skills to the field that can help bridge the cultural gap between home and school.

7. A QRIS Practical Data User's Guide

Source: BUILD Initiative & QRIS National Learning Network

A new resource released from the BUILD Initiative & QRIS National Learning Network (October 2017) was designed to support states' early childhood integrated data system, based on the 10 key considerations for integrating and linking early childhood data from the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services. Some topics covered are data communities as ecosystems, data literacy, and developing a data focus.

8. The Effects of Accountability Incentives in Early Childhood Education

Source: Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA)

In September 2017, CEPA published this working paper that provides empirical evidence on how Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) operate using data from North Carolina, a state with a long established QRIS. To enhance the quality of early childhood education (ECE) widespread, nearly all U.S. states have recently adopted QRIS to give child care providers and parents information on program quality, and generate reputational and financial incentives for strengthening programs.

9. QRIS National and State Resource Libraries

Source: Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) National Learning Network

Did you know that QRIS National Learning Network has an online national state resource library with a variety of QRIS topic areas, and a state resource library including resources developed by states to support their QRIS implementation? Email Debi Mathias, if you have materials you would like to add to this repository. Please include the resource (PDF or link) with a description of the work and its relevance to the early learning field in your email.

10. Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) 3.0 Tools and Resources

Source: BUILD Initiative

The BUILD Initiative has released its fourth and final issue of QRIS 3.0 Tool and Resource Spotlight featuring the Tool for a Cross-Sector QRIS, including a scoring rubric and self-populating summary chart. The tool assesses QRIS to support school readiness, healthy child development, and equitable outcomes for young children.

11. Continuous Quality Improvement in Early Childhood and School Age Programs

Source: BUILD Initiative

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a process which ensures that organizations and their collaborating partners use systems and intentional methods designed to improve services, practices, and outcomes for children and families. This June 2017 report from BUILD explores findings from a series of meetings (held Nov. 2016-Apr. 2017) with professional educators regarding useful models and applications of CQI. Some questions discussed in the meetings are below:

  • "Are there conditions that need to be present and how do we know if an organization is ready for, or already engaged in, CQI?"
  • "What can be learned from school reform, the health care field, and others engaged in CQI...to gain collective impact and to speed up, spread, or sustain change?"
  • "How can systems such as QRIS, pre-K and OST initiatives incorporate and best support CQI as part of their standards and resource allocation?"

12. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for Early Care and Education Programs

Source: RAND Corporation

This report (June 2017) assesses what the early childhood field has learned about QRIS and provides recommendations for the second generation of QRISs. When the federal grant funds expire, there will be less resources available to states for administering their QRIS. The authors provide strategies and suggestions to states about the allocation of funds to achieve their goals for expanding access to and improving early childhood education programs.

13. The "I" in QRIS Survey: Collecting Data on Quality Improvement Activities for Early Childhood Education Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

This recent report from IES (February 2017) provides surveys that states can use to gather data about the methods in which early childhood education programs use quality improvement activities and strategies. The survey can also assist states identify obstacles to quality improvement, especially within a QRIS. The appendices include 3 surveys to choose from depending on the program (i.e., center-based program, home-based with assistants, or home-based without assistants). Each survey is designed to be administered to directors and primary staff most knowledgeable about the strategies used to improve their programs.

15. Updated! QRIS Compendium

Source: BUILD Initiative - December 2016

The Build Initiative's QRIS Compendium was recently updated with new 2016 data. The compendium provides up-to-date information on the quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) in every state, territory and region/locality in the U.S. It provides answers to common questions and allows users to compare data across different states.

16. Expanding Access to High Quality Early Learning

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - August 1, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have released the following new resources highlighting work that is being done to improve access to high-quality early learning.

These and other related resources can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/index.html.

17. Developing Effective Quality Rating and Improvement System Scales

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - July 8, 2016

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are designed, in part, to provide meaningful information about the quality of early child care programs. A new brief demonstrates how using the principles of scale development can support the development of valid QRIS ratings. A related technical report describes the analysis in detail.

18. Development and Implementation of Quality Rating Improvement Systems

Source: American Institutes for Research - June 3, 2016

A Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a method for assessing and improving the quality of early care and education programs for young children, increasing parents' understanding of and access to quality child care, and enhancing the professional development of early care and education providers. A recent study examined Quality Rating and Improvement Systems across the Midwest Region in order to learn more about approaches that states use in developing and implementing a QRIS. The purpose was to create a resource for QRIS administrators to use as they refine their systems over time. See Development and Implementation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Midwest Region States (June 2016) for a report of the findings.

19. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Stakeholder Theories of Change and Models of Practice

Source: BUILD initiative - March 3, 2016

The BUILD initiative has published a new report, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Stakeholder Theories of Change and Models of Practice - Study Report, Expert Panel Reflections and Recommendations: March 2015 - June 2015 (2016), which examines the variations in Quality Improvement and Rating Systems (QRIS) that exist across the states today. The findings reveal mismatches between stated goals and the pathways followed to attain those goals. They also underscore the need for further work on QRIS model refinement, communications, and financing options. The authors share recommendations for next steps in QRIS development.

20. Fact Sheet: QRIS Mission and Goals

Source: Build Initiative - February 22, 2016

The Build Initiative is in the process of summarizing the latest data on all Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in the United States and releasing fact sheets that answer some of the most commonly asked questions about QRIS. The first of these fact sheets, QRIS Mission and Goals (February 22, 2016), describes some of the most common themes in QRIS mission statements. Updated information about all of the QRIS operating in the United States and its territories is available on QRIScompendium.org

21. Impact of the Early Learning Challenge on State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Source: BUILD Initiative - Retrieved February 17, 2016

A new chapter in the BUILD Initiative e-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families, is now available online. Chapter 8, Impact of the Early Learning Challenge on State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, traces the history, trends and innovations of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), the progress Early Learning Challenge (ELC) states have made in implementing their QRIS, and the challenges they have faced and continue to face. An Executive Summary of Chapter 8 is also available.

22. Strengthening Policy that Promotes Effective Early Childhood Teaching

Source: BUILD Initiative and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved December 30, 2015

A new paper, Sharpening the Focus: State Policy to Promote Effective Teaching that Improves Learning (2015), provides guidance to state policymakers and their partners on how to strengthen policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade. An accompanying discussion guide focuses attention on the important role of teaching conditions in fostering quality early childhood teaching, reviews available tools that assess teaching conditions, and poses policy and systems questions to assist leaders in crafting effective policy-to-practice supports in this area.

23. Updates to the QRIS Compendium

Source: BUILD Initiative - November 3, 2015

The BUILD Initiative recently announced updates to its web-based Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Compendium. Data is now current through October 30, 2015 and new data elements have been added related to program density, technical assistance, and professional development. The QRIS Compendium compiles the latest details on QRIS in every state, territory and region/locality in the U.S.; provides answers to common questions; and allows users to compare data across different states. It is meant to help promote thoughtful design, analysis and ongoing improvement in early care and education systems building. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Friese.

24. Early Learning Challenge Grant Winners Making Key Gains

Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 27, 2015

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released a Progress Update on the 20 Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge States. See highlights from the report in the press release here. Some key findings show that:

  • 72,000 early learning programs are now included in their states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), an 87% increase since the winning states applied for their grants.
  • Nearly 14,000 early-childhood programs are in the highest-quality tiers of their state's rating system, a 63% since the grants were awarded.
  • Over 200,000 children with "high needs" are enrolled in state-funded preschool programs that are top-ranked in their states, an increase of more than 127,000 children since the beginning of the grant program
  • More than 150,000 children with high needs are enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start programs in the highest quality tiers of their state's rating system, an increase of more than 78,000 children.

25. Elevating Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Communications

Source: Child Trends - July 17, 2015

To date, 39 states have implemented quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) to rate and improve child care and early education programs for children birth to age five. The success of a state QRIS depends on effective outreach and engagement with a range of stakeholders. A new report, Elevating Quality Rating and Improvement System Communications: How to Improve Outreach to and Engagement with Providers, Parents, Policymakers, and the Public (July 2015), provides examples of what some what some states are doing to market their QRIS and provides recommendations for other states.

26. New Federal Guidance on Basic Standards for Early Childhood Settings

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - June 29, 2015

Until now, there has been no federal guidance to help states establish basic, consistent health and safety standards across all early care and education settings. On June 29, 2015, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education. These voluntary standards represent the minimum health and safety standards experts believe should be in place wherever children are cared for outside of their homes. It is meant to be a baseline for states and other entities as they work to improve health and safety standards in licensing and quality rating improvement systems. It is the result of work from both federal and non-federal experts and is founded on Caring for Our Children, Third Edition, which should be consulted as states work to establish higher levels of quality. Download the full document here.

27. Aligning QRIS and Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Goals

Source: BUILD Initiative- May 18, 2015

Almost every state and territory has established or is planning a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). In most states, Child Care Resource and Referral agencies play an important part in the implementation of the QRIS. This BUILD brief highlights findings from a survey of states to better understand how they have restructured the role and funding of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to support QRIS implementation. It is meant to help states strategize about how best to use existing resources in support of their QRIS goals.

28. Benchmarks for Quality Improvement - Indicators and Self-Assessment Tool

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care - Retrieved April 13, 2015

Quality Improvement Systems focus on improving the quality of child care in all settings through quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) and other quality-enhancing efforts. The Office of Child Care's Benchmarks for Quality Improvement Project recently released the following resources to help states assess the status of their child care and other early education programs and measure progress in implementing program quality improvement systems.

29. A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Final Report

Source: Child Trends - March 5, 2015

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) continue to be developed across states and stakeholders (funders, policymakers, program developers) are looking for effective ways to invest in quality improvement (QI) activities that accompany a QRIS. In response to this need, Child Trends has published a new report, A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Final Report (March 2015), that addresses questions about effective QI initiatives and proposes a blueprint of quality improvement practices and design considerations. The blueprint was generated from a synthesis of the existing research literature and input from national experts.

30. Newly Updated QRIS State Map and Contact Information

Source: QRIS National Learning Network - February 27, 2015

The QRIS National Learning Network recently updated its QRIS State Map and Contact Information, which provides information on states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), including status, program name, website, implementing agency, primary contact and alternate contact.

31. QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children?

Source: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved November 20, 2014

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) has published a new fast fact, QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children? (November 2014), which looks at how states accommodate children with special needs in their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) and highlights states with exceptional inclusionary practices.

32. Just Released! New Searchable QRIS Compendium

Source: BUILD Initiative - November 5, 2014

The BUILD Initiative recently launched a new searchable, web-based QRIS Compendium , which provides answers to common questions about Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS); compiles the latest details on QRIS in every state, territory and region/locality in the U.S.; and allows users to compare data for the QRIS in different states or localities, examine data for specific categories, create reports, and download datasets. It is meant to help promote thoughtful design, analysis and ongoing improvement in early care and education systems building. A demonstration webinar will be held on Thursday, December 4th from 2-3 pm ET - register here.

33. Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - October 27, 2014

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center recently released a new self-assessment tool to help states and jurisdictions identify strengths, opportunities, and gaps in a coordinated system of quality improvement for programs serving infants, toddlers, and their families. Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool for U.S. States and Other Jurisdictions (October 2014) is the latest in ZERO TO THREE's Supporting Babies Through QRIS series. The series presents a national review of QRISs that have been implemented statewide and provides examples of QRIS standards and supports for infants and toddlers that have been implemented across the nation.

34. 2014 Diversity/Equity Learning Table: Materials Now Available Online

Source: BUILD Initiative and QRIS National Learning Network - October 17, 2014

From May to September 2014, six states participated in a BUILD Initiative and QRIS National Learning Network-supported Learning Table on the topic of assuring that state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) are responsive to children who are culturally, linguistically and socio-economically diverse. Materials from the 2014 Diversity/Equity Learning Table are now available online. They include PowerPoint presentations, curated topical resource lists, briefs, reports, articles, and state examples.

35. The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework: Branching Out and Reaching Deeper

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - October 6, 2014

In 2003, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) introduced its Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework as a research informed, strengths-based initiative for strengthening the ability of parents and communities to care for their children in ways that promote well-being and prevent abuse and neglect. Since that time, more than 30 states have implemented initiatives to integrate the approach into early childhood programs, health care and human services systems (e.g., child welfare), public policy (e.g., Quality Rating and Improvement Systems), and early intervention programs (e.g., home visiting). A new CSSP report, The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework: Branching Out and Reaching Deeper (September 2014), provides an updated synthesis of the research and the foundational ideas that inform the evidence base of the approach and discusses its broad and diverse implementation in policy and practice across the United States.

36. New Briefs on Early Care and Education Quality Improvement

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - July 14, 2014

On July 14, 2014, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the following new briefs related to early care and education quality improvement:

37. 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.

38. National Program Standards Crosswalk Tool

Source: Office of Child Care - December 13, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Child Care (OCC) recently announced the availability of a new resource, the National Program Standards Crosswalk Tool. The early care and education field has multiple sets of program standards and the content of those standards varies widely. The Crosswalk Tool was developed through a public-private partnership to help states that are developing and aligning early childhood (EC) program standards across sectors. It allows users to review and compare the content of various program standards available in the field. It was developed for OCC by the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI), with the collaboration and cooperation of a number of different agencies and organizations.

39. National Scan of State Policies Shows Increasing Emphasis on Early Education in 2013

Source: Education Commission of the States - December 2, 2013

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has published a new report, 2013 Legislative Session - P-3 Policies (November 2013), by Emily Workman, which looks at the work states across the country are doing to strengthen their early childhood systems. Using the results of a national scan of enacted policies from the 2013 legislative sessions, the report finds that state policymakers are increasingly recognizing the benefits of early learning and developmental services for young children. It highlights ways in which they are strengthening their early childhood systems in areas such as governance, funding, program access, family engagement, teacher preparation/certification, assessment, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), Home Visiting and more.

40. Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States

Source: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - November 21, 2013

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are only useful if their ratings are valid. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently published a new brief that provides detailed examples and findings from QRIS validation activities in four states: Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Virginia. Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States (2013), by Lahti, M., Sabol, T., Starr, R., Langill, C., & Tout, K. (2013) demonstrates how different states have approached QRIS validation, compares findings, and highlights challenges in designing and conducting QRIS validation studies.

41. New Series of Briefs on Supporting Babies Through QRIS

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - November 21, 2013

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has released the first two documents of a new series, Supporting Babies Through QRIS. The series is meant to help ensure that Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are supporting the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. The documents present a national review of states' and jurisdictions' QRIS that have been implemented statewide and illustrates some examples of QRIS standards and supports that have been included across the nation to help programs promote young children's development and learning.

42. Highlights from the First RTT-ELC Annual Performance Reports

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Early Childhood Development - September 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) recently published two briefs highlighting the work being done in the nine states that received grants under phase 1 of the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program (CA, DE, MD, MA, MN, NC, OH, RI, and WA). The grantee states submitted their first Annual Performance Reports (APRs) in February 2013, describing lessons learned and progress being made in each of the five RTT-ELC reform areas. These briefs provide a summary of the 1st year of work that grantees completed in the reform areas of "A Great Early Childhood Education Workforce" and "High-Quality, Accountable Programs."

43. Office of Child Care Launches QRIS Resource Guide Website

Source: Office of Child Care, National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - Retrieved August 30, 2013

The Office of Child Care's National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement recently launched a Website 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 Website includes a section with State Information that provides a summary of the status of each state's work to implement or develop a QRIS, or other large-scale quality improvement initiative; and the text of the State examples compiled from other sections of the Resource Guide.

44. Can Rating Pre-K Programs Predict Children's Learning?

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - August 22, 2013

In a new study, researchers from the FPG Child Development Institute, the University of Virginia, and Northwestern University examined the extent to which various features of pre-k program quality included in each of nine different states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) predicted children's readiness for kindergarten at the end of their year in pre-k. The researchers used a data set that included nearly 3,000 children in 703 state-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms from nine states, representing a variety of pre-kindergarten models in use across the U.S. Findings showed that the quality of teacher-child interaction consistently is the strongest predictor of children's learning, followed by the learning environment. To learn more, see the full press release (August 22, 2013).

Full citation: Sabol1,T. J., Soliday Hong, S. L., Pianta, R. C., Burchinal, M. R. (2013, August 23). Can rating pre-K programs predict children's learning? Science, 341(6148), 845-846. doi: 10.1126/science.1233517

45. Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - June 5, 2014

The use of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education is growing across the country. One important piece of evidence about QRIS effectiveness includes information about the ability of a QRIS to measure and rate quality accurately. To help states assess the degree to which decisions about program quality standards and measurement strategies are resulting in accurate, meaningful ratings, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), recently published a new tool, Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template (June 2013), by K. Tout and R. Starr.

This tool builds on the information provided in other QRIS resources from OPRE, including The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit (August 2011) and a brief on Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-age Care (April 2012).

46. Newly Updated QRIS State Contact Information and National QRIS Map

Source: QRIS National Learning Network - May 29, 2013

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) National Learning Network recently released new QRIS state contact information and a QRIS national map containing the following information for each state: QRIS, QRIS Website, Implementing Agency, Contact Name/Email/Phone, and Alternate Contact Name/Email. The color key on the QRIS State Contacts spreadsheet and QRIS Map document classifies each state or territory as "Statewide QRIS launched," "Pilot QRIS launched and/or completed," "Regional QRIS launched," "Planning for a QRIS," or "Requires legislative action to implement a QRIS."

47. Resource List for 2013 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant Opportunity

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - April 1, 2013

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has created a resource list to help states think through some strategies they could pursue through the 2013 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant opportunity. The ECCS grant program helps states build early childhood service systems that better meet the needs of children and families. This year's grant provides states with an opportunity to make improvements that will specifically benefit infants and toddlers through one of three strategies:

  • Mitigation of toxic stress and trauma in infancy and early childhood across multiple systems; or
  • Coordination of the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide; or
  • Improvement of state infant-toddler child care quality initiatives by incorporating Caring for Our Children, 3rd ed. standards into state licensing standards, QRIS, and/or professional development.

The 2013 ECCS grant application was posted on March 1, 2013. Applications are due on April 26, 2013.

48. "Learning Table" Resources Related to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Available

Source: QRIS National Learning Network - Retrieved November 1, 2012

During the past year, the BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network supported a series of Learning Tables on various topics related to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Each Learning Table generally involved a series of webinars with teams from 6-8 states and a variety of other resource materials. Listed below are three Learning Tables that have recently been made freely available online.

49. Practices for Promoting Young Children's Learning in QRIS Standards

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - September 13, 2012

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new publication, Practices for Promoting Young Children's Learning in QRIS Standards (September 2012), by Sheila Smith, Taylor Robbins, Shannon Stagman, and J. Lee Kreader. This brief provides an examination of the strength of supports for children's early learning in Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) standards based on an analysis of QRIS standards in 23 states.

50. New Resources from the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network

Source: Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network - Retrieved May 28, 2012

The Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network (QRIS NLN) recently published the following new papers:

51. QRIS in Statute and Regulation

Source: National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - March 28, 2012

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement has published a new document, QRIS in Statute and Regulation (March 2012), which provides an overview of how Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) are embedded into policy at the state level through statute and regulation.

52. Incorporating Child Assessments into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved April 4, 2012

The RAND Corporation recently published a new occasional paper, Moving to Outcomes: Approaches to Incorporating Child Assessments into State Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (2012), by Gail L. Zellman and Lynn A. Karoly. The paper discusses five strategies for states to consider for incorporating child assessments into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) and offers guidance about when and how to use these approaches.

53. Blog Series: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Winners

Source: New America Foundation - March 30, 2012

The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative has published a new report that combines their six-part Blog Series: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Winners (February-March 2012) into one document. It includes the following sections:

  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Use Quality Ratings Systems
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: Evaluating Quality Ratings Systems
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Improve Early Learning Standards
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Develop the Workforce
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Assess Kindergarten Readiness
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Include Early Grades

54. New Brief On Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Source: BUILD, QRIS National Learning Network, & Early Learning Challenge Collaborative - March 7, 2012

BUILD and the QRIS National Learning Network, in collaboration with the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, have published a new brief, Unlocking the Potential of QRIS: Trends and Opportunities in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Applications (February 2012), by Louise Stoney. The brief explores the ideas and trends related to quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) that state leaders included in their Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) applications.

55. Child Care Center Directors’ Perspectives on QRIS

Source: CLASP and the National Women's Law Center - February 23, 2012

CLASP and the National Women's Law Center has published a new report, A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems ( 2012), which describes the experiences of child care center directors in several states with key QRIS components, including quality standards, monitoring and assessment, and financing and supports. It includes findings on meeting the needs of infants and toddlers, culturally and linguistically diverse children, and children with special needs within QRIS standards. Recommendations for policy-makers from the perspective of child care center directors are also included.

56. Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 2, 2012

Improving the Odds for Young Children (ITO) at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems: Approaches Used by TA Providers to Improve Quality in Early Care and Education Programs and Home-based Settings (2012). This report presents findings from an interview study that investigated features of the professional development and on-site technical assistance available to center-based staff and home-based providers who participate in states' Quality Rating Improvement Systems.

57. Supporting Child Development through Family-Provider Relationships

Source: Child Trends - Retrieved December 2, 2011

Child Trends recently announced the release of the following briefs on supporting child development through family-provider relationships. The briefs were funded through a contract with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

58. Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades

Source: New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative - November 8, 2011

The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative has published a new report, Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades (2011), by Lisa Guernsey and Susan Ochshorn. The authors describe how valid and reliable observation tools could be used to promote effective teaching in PreK-3rd grade programs. Additionally, with many states developing Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for publicly-funded early childhood programs, the report recommends the inclusion of observation tools that focus on how professionals interact with the infants, toddlers and preschoolers in those programs. To learn more and to access the report, go to http://education.newamerica.net/publications/policy/watching_teachers_work

59. Grant Invitation - Improving Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Source: QRIS National Learning Network and the BUILD Initiative - October 17, 2011

The QRIS National Learning Network and the BUILD Initiative invite states that have or are developing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) to apply for a technical assistance (TA) grant that focuses on building greater cultural and linguistic competence in a QRIS. TA will be customized to participating state needs and, depending upon specific interests and needs, could potentially encompass a broad range of issues related to building greater cultural and linguistic competence in your QRIS. Applications are due October 28, 2011. To learn more and access the application, go to http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102634765558-36/TechnicalAssistanceApplicationPDFVersion.pdf

60. Resources Related to Evaluating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Available

Source: Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project - Retrieved October 3, 2011

The Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), has published a number of new resources regarding the evaluation of child care quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs), including:

  • The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit (2011)
  • Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Approaches to Integrating Programs for Young Children in Two States (2011)
  • Defining and Measuring Quality: An In-Depth Study of Five Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (2011)
  • Measuring Quality Across Three Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Findings from Secondary Analyses (2011)

These can all be accessed online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/quality-rating-systems-qrs-assessment-project-2008-2011

61. Report on How Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Support Early Childhood Workforce Quality

Source: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California at Berkeley - Retrieved July 20, 2011

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California at Berkeley recently published a research brief that looks at the extent to which Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) include key elements that support or improve early childhood workforce quality, especially in the following four areas: staff qualifications, professional development, compensation and benefits, and workplace environment. Staff Preparation, Reward, and Support: Are Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Addressing All of the Key Ingredients Necessary for Change? (2011), by Lea J.E. Austin, Marcy Whitebook, Maia Connors, and Rory Darrah, is available at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2011/staff-preparation-reward-and-support-are-quality-rating-and-improvement-systems-including-all-of-the-key-ingredients-necessary-for-change/

62. QRIS and P-3: Creating Synergy Across Systems to Close Achievement Gaps and Improve Opportunities for Young Children

Source: BUILD Initiative - Retrieved May 13, 2011

A new policy brief from the BUILD Initiative discusses coordinating and aligning efforts around the implementation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and preschool through third grade (P-3) programs to improve the quality of children's early experiences. QRIS and P-3: Creating Synergy Across Systems to Close Achievement Gaps and Improve Opportunities for Young Children (2011), by Kristie Kauerz and Abby Thorman, is available online at http://www.buildinitiative.org/WhatsNew/ViewArticle/tabid/96/smid/412/ArticleID/109/Default.aspx

63. State Early Care and Education Public Policy Developments for Fiscal Year 2011

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved March 14, 2011

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has published a report that provides a recap of public policy developments in states for Fiscal Year 2011 in a number of early childhood areas, including for example: State Early Childhood Advisory Councils, Governance, Professional Development, Data Systems, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, Child Care Subsidies and Regulations, Developmental Screenings, Early Intervention, Autism, Early Childhood Mental Health, Home Visiting and more. It is available online at http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/policy/state/State%20ECE%20Public%20Policy%20Developments%202_11_2.pdf

64. New Report on Quality Rating Improvement Systems

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - October 7, 2010

Improving the Odds for Young Children (ITO) at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, Features of Professional Development and On-site Assistance in Child Care Quality Rating Improvement Systems: A Survey of State-wide Systems. This report presents findings from an interview study that investigated features of the professional development and on-site assistance available to center-based staff and home-based providers who participate in states' Quality Rating Improvement Systems. It is available at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_970.html

65. Alliance for Early Childhood Finance Launches New Web Site

Source: Alliance for Early Childhood Finance - Retrieved September 20, 2010

The Alliance for Early Childhood Finance recently launched their new Web site, which is organized around the 4 pillars of their work: Early Childhood Education (ECE) Finance, ECE Policy, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, and Shared Services. The site also features a variety of reports, presentations, memos, and other documents. To learn more, go to http://www.earlychildhoodfinance.org/

66. Fact Sheet - Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators

Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - July 23, 2010

The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative recently reviewed 22 Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and published a fact sheet that highlights QRIS that include specific infant/toddler (I/T) quality indicators. To learn more, see Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Inclusion of Infant/Toddler Quality Indicators online at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/qris-state-breakdown-of-infant-toddler-quality-indicators.pdf

67. Podcast Features a Discussion on the QRIS National Learning Network

Source: New America Foundation - July 12, 2010

The latest in a series of podcasts from the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative features Gerrit Westervelt, director of the Build Initiative. In this podcast, Gerrit talks about how Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are evolving, what is available on the QRIS National Learning Network's Web site, and what research is being done related to QRIS. The podcast is available online at http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2010/podcast-34216

68. Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Resource Guide

Source: National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center - Retrieved June 18, 2010

Many states have implemented a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early childhood care and education programs. The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center recently launched an online QRIS Resource Guide, which is intended to help states and communities better understand key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of such a system. It contains an explanation and history of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, descriptions of the key components of a QRIS, and state-specific resources. To learn more, go to https://occqrisguide.icfwebservices.com/index.cfm?do=resourceguide

69. New Report Compares Child Care Quality Rating Systems

Source: Child Trends - Retrieved June 11, 2010

A number of states are developing Quality Rating Systems to assess and improve the quality of early care and education programs for young children. The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently commissioned a new compendium profiling 26 child care Quality Rating Systems. The compendium was written by researchers from Child Trends and Mathematica Policy Research. The Child Care Quality Rating System (QRS) Assessment: Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations (2010) can be accessed online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/quality-rating-systems-qrs-assessment-project-2008-2011y/

70. New Series on Early Childhood Research Findings

Source: Child Trends - May 10, 2010

Child Trends, a research partner of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, has launched a new series entitled Early Childhood Highlights, which is meant to provide summaries of recent early childhood research findings to inform state and federal policy discussions. The first two briefs in the series include:

To access these, as well as future Child Trends Briefs, go to http://www.childtrends.org/our-research/early-childhood-development/?view_all=1&topic_area=early-childhood-development

71. Recently Launched - QRIS National Learning Network

Source: BUILD Initiative and Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center - March 5, 2010

The BUILD Initiative and the Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center recently launched the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network (QRIS NLN) to advance QRIS as a strategy for early care and education system reform. The QRIS NLN will provide opportunities for states to learn from one another and a platform for QRIS leaders to share information about promising practices and cutting edge research. It also plans to offer webinars on a variety of QRIS topics and technical assistance to states interested in developing or improving their QRIS. To visit the QRIS NLN Web site, go to http://www.qrisnetwork.org/

On April 1st at 2:00 pm EST, the first QRIS NLN webinar will discuss a new QRIS cost modeling tool. To learn more or to register for this webinar, go to http://www.qrisnetwork.org/webinars

72. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Inclusion - Online Discussion

Source: National Professional Development Center for Inclusion - September 23, 2009

The National Professional Development Center for Inclusion (NPDCI) is currently hosting an online discussion through October 2, 2009 on Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Inclusion. Join National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) personnel Abby Cohen, Eva Carter, and Desireé Reddick-Head and share your ideas and suggestions on how quality programming for children with disabilities can be included in state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. Read or comment at http://community.fpg.unc.edu/discussions/blog-speaking-of-inclusion/QRIS-and-Inclusion [Note: This item is no longer available online.]

73. New NAEYC Tool on QRIS and Cultural Competence

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 12, 2009

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), with support from the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, has undertaken the Quality Benchmark for Cultural Competence Project (QBCCP) to determine key elements of cultural competence for early childhood programs and ways to meaningfully integrate these elements within quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) criteria. As part of the QBCCP, NAEYC has developed a new tool to help spark discussion and to serve as a guide to help early childhood programs respond to the needs of diverse children and families in a positive way. The document is available online at http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/policy/state/QBCC_Tool.pdf

74. Issue Brief - Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for a Multi-Ethnic Society

Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved June 19, 2009

A new issue brief from the Build initiative, entitled Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for a Multi-Ethnic Society, by Charles Bruner with Aisha Ray, Michelle Stover Wright and Abby Copeman, discusses the following:

  • Why it is important to include cultural and linguistic responsiveness and anti-bias programming as aspects of early learning quality;
  • A content-analysis of common QRIS components with respect to how they include issues of diversity and support for English-language learners;
  • How states have included these issues in QRIS planning and development; and
  • Recommendations for how states can strengthen their QRIS rating components to be more culturally and linguistically competent and relevant.
It is available online at http://qrisnetwork.org/resource/2009/quality-rating-and-improvement-systems-multi-ethnic-society

75. New Series on Measuring Quality in Early Childhood Settings

Source: Child Trends - May 21, 2009

In recent years, the importance of measuring quality well in early childhood programs has gained increasing attention. Several new Child Trends issue briefs related to this topic are now available online. These include:

76. Online Discussion Today! Maximizing Resources from the Stimulus Package

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - March 6, 2009

Today (March 6, 2009) the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) and Ann Mitchell, former President of NAEYC, are hosting an all-day online discussion on how states can use new monies in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to advance a state Quality Rating Improvement System. No registration is required and you can join the discussion at anytime by going to http://community.fpg.unc.edu/discussions/blog-speaking-of-inclusion/maximizing-resources-from-the-stimulus-package [Note: This item is no longer available online.]

In addition, NPDCI has released a new paper, entitled Why Program Quality Matters for Early Childhood Inclusion: Recommendations for Professional Development, which advocates for the need to link early childhood program quality and professional development, with a particular focus on how this topic relates to early childhood inclusion. It is available online at http://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/resources/articles/npdci-quality-paper

77. White Paper from the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education

Source: National Center for Research 0n Early Childhood Education - Retrieved November 6, 2008

The National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) has released a white paper entitled Ensuring Effective Teaching in Early Childhood Education Through Linked Professional Development Systems, Quality Rating Systems and State Competencies: The Role of Research In an Evidence-Driven System, by Carollee Howes, Robert Pianta, Donna Bryant, Bridget Hamre, Jason Downer, and Sandra Soliday-Hong. It is a product of NCRECE's 2008 Leadership Symposium and can be accessed online at www.ncrece.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/ncrecewhitepaper2008.pdf - [Note: Link checked on 8/10/2014 - this document is no longer available online.]

78. RAND Report on Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Five States

Source: The RAND Corporation - Retrieved September 18, 2008

The Rand Corporation has published a new report entitled Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Five Pioneer States: Implementation Issues and Lessons Learned by Gail L. Zellman and Michal Perlman, which discusses the development and implementation of child-care quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) in Oklahoma, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The authors examine lessons learned and provide recommendations for designing, implementing, and refining such systems. It is available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG795.html

A related research brief entitled Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: What Can We Learn from Early Adopters? is available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9377.html

79. Webinar - Implications of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Infant/Toddler Care

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - September 5, 2008

On Monday, September 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm EST, the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and the Child Care Bureau will be hosting a webinar on the implications of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for infant/toddler care. The webinar will outline the discussion and recommendations from a meeting held on this issue in May 2008 and two Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators will share their perspectives on implications for their states' QRIS. To learn more and to register go to http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/webinars-conference-calls/ [Note: This item is no longer available online.]

80. Designing Quality Rating Systems Inclusive of Infants and Toddlers

Source: National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative - Retrieved April 1, 2008

Quality Rating Systems are being implemented across the nation as a means to define and promote quality in child care settings. ZERO TO THREE's National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative has recently published a new document on the design of such systems, with suggestions for including quality indicators specific to the very youngest children in child care. The document is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/qris-design-elements-for-infant-and-toddlers.pdf

81. Toward a New Child Care Policy

Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved July 27, 2006

A new paper from the Urban Institute describes the U.S. child care subsidy system, variations in policies and programs across states and challenges facing the system. It discusses efforts of various states to improve the quality of child care through quality rating systems and to coordinate child care with early education systems. The paper includes five questions to think about related to domestic child care policy. Available at http://www.urban.org/publications/311347.html

82. Current and Emerging State Policy Trends in Early Childhood Education: A Review of Governors' 2006 State of the State Addresses

Source: Education Commission of the States - Retrieved April 17, 2006

This new policy brief from the Education Commission of the States looks at states' early-learning policies and programs through the prism of the governors' 2006 State of the State addresses. Almost half of these addresses included proposals relating to programs for young children and this brief examines these proposals by topic and by state. It also discusses briefly three issues of increasing interest to policymakers: alignment, governance and quality rating systems. The brief is available online at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/68/21/6821.htm

83. New Guide for States and Communities Developing Quality Rating Systems for Early Care and Education

Source: United Way SB6 - Retrieved August 19, 2005

The United Way of America Success By 6 program recently released a new guidebook entitled Stair Steps to Quality: A Guide for States and Communities Developing Quality Rating Systems for Early Care and Education. Available online at http://www.earlychildhoodfinance.org/downloads/2005/MitchStairSteps_2005.pdf

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