QRIS 3.0 Tools and Resources
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QRIS 3.0 Tools and Resources

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are evolving rapidly. As part of BUILD's effort to support QRIS to reform and strengthen early learning systems, we have created a suite of six resources, dubbed QRIS 3.0. On March 23rd a webinar was held to debut these resources. View the slide deck and recording from this webinar.

  1. Tool for a Cross-Sector QRIS  Complete with a scoring rubric, and a self-populating summary chart, the tool is designed to assess QRIS—areas of strength as well as challenges—to inform next steps in QRIS development. This tool focuses on cross-sector QRIS that seek to support school readiness, healthy child development, and equitable outcomes for young children.
  2. Finance and QRIS  Sufficient financial support is necessary for any QRIS to be effective.  Finance and QRIS addresses the three major QRIS cost centers - the rating process itself, the quality improvement supports for participating programs, and the early care and education services provided by the programs participating in the QRIS. It also reviews current finance strategies and suggests additional options to be explored as QRIS leaders focus on financing.
  3. Communications Strategies for Expanding Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS): A Primer for Reaching Policy Audiences (co-authored with Child Trends)  A how-to on honing QRIS communications strategies for public policy audiences. Based on interviews with legislators, governors’ staff, and QRIS administrators and advocates around the country, the primer provides insights into how administrators and advocates currently frame communications to promote QRIS-related policies and how state policymakers view QRIS.
  4. Toward Coherence: State Approaches to Integrating Pre-K in QRIS  This resource examines how different QRIS connect to and integrate state pre-Kindergarten programs.  Four approaches are explored:  QRIS that (1) do not include cross-sector integration; (2) allow pre-K cross-sector participation; (3)  provide an alternative pathway for pre-K; and (4) have a unified framework for quality early learning that includes pre-K.
  5. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Stakeholder Theories of Change and Models of Practice Study Report, Expert Panel Reflections and Recommendations  A look at the different purposes of QRIS, a must-read for QRIS designers. 
  6. Toward Integration: State Approaches to Head Start Partnering in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems  QRISs are rapidly evolving from a child care focused approach to one that is seeking to embrace a multiplicity of early learning programs including Head Start. The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) included a specific focus on using QRISs for all early learning programs and, more recently, in the issuance of revised performance standards for Head Start, the Office of Head Start made its strongest statement of support yet for integrating Head Start and QRISs.
  7. Engaging Family Child Care in QRIS  This brief is intended for state and local leaders of QRISs and child care systems, and national organizations and resources that support QRIS and family child care.
  8. Caring for Our Youngest: State Strategies for Improving the Quality of Child Care for Children Under Age Three through Quality Improvement Systems  This brief focuses on infants and toddlers as it explores what has been learned from continuous improvement efforts and what the next steps should be. It addresses the continuing challenges of QRIS financing, design, and implementation, as well as the need to gain adequate public investment to support QRIS to meet its full potential. The brief focuses on the most important mechanisms for improvement for children under three, how states are addressing this issue, and new forward-looking strategies to ensure we are putting our efforts and resources where we know they will make the most impact. 













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