QRIS funding will end on December 31, 2015, to be sustained by a new round of California funding known as the CSPP Block Grant (10) that "set targets to improve the quality of state preschool programs" (CDE, 2015d), and includes relevant initiatives and efforts.
Quality under QRIS is achieved through a tiered rating (11) system outlined in the Quality Continuum Framework.
looks at five standards -- curriculum and learning; safe, healthy indoor and outdoor environment; workforce quality and professional development; family and community engagement; and leadership, management and administration -- and uses several tools, including the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale.
include process-oriented and structural indicators, such as scheduled teaching time and teachers' qualifications.
Oklahoma was the first state to implement QRIS
in 1998 and 21 states soon followed; other states are in the process of reviewing and implementing QRIS
(Mathematica Policy Research, 2013).
In an effort to further understand the relationships between quality in family child care and provider education, the following research questions were posed: (1) What is the quality of family child care in a statewide sample with a targeted QRIS
system in place?
The RTT ELC grant can help states develop and adopt a common statewide Tiered QRIS
and to implement tiered standards that include effective data and health promotion practices, family - engagement strategies, a comprehensive assessment system, early childhood educator qualifications, and early learning and development standards.
Perhaps this proposed tax could financially support classrooms and programs achieving higher levels of QRIS
in Massachusetts where none yet exists.
This research comes at a historical time, when QRIS
is receiving national attention as a legitimate response to those challenges (Zellman & Perlman, 2007).
To clarify particular elements of some QRISs
, they also reviewed individual QRIS
websites and corresponded with administering agency directors.
Phase One of the study will: (1) review the conceptual framework and program design of Quality First, and recommend refinements to the current program theory and logic model as needed; (2) review the Quality First data system, and related databases, to determine if the existing data elements and infrastructure support effective management, program evaluation, and quality improvement of the QRIS
process; and (3) validate the Quality First Star Rating Scale (1 to 5 stars) to determine whether the five tiers represent differential levels of quality.
In spring 2009, Thrive, Ready by Five, and Child Care Resources (PSESD's partner in White Center) began a six-month field test of a streamlined version of the DEL QRIS
, referred to as the Seeds to Success Modified Field Test (Seeds).