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ERIC Number: ED555710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-25
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children? CEELO FastFact
Horowitz, Michelle; Squires, Jim
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
As the country quickly builds its efforts to enhance quality in early education and care classrooms, states are implementing Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to recognize and improve the quality of programs. QRIS also provides technical support and increased financial benefits for participating programs to attain higher levels of quality. Developed initially as a voluntary system for providers in many states, participation in a QRIS is increasingly becoming a requirement for family child care and centers to receive state or federal funds. QRIS policy has been embedded in federal initiatives such as Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge and the Preschool Development and Expansion grants, mandating states to improve the quality of early education and care. Most important, QRIS is intended to provide consumers (parents) with a mechanism to differentiate quality of programs to determine which programs may provide better services for their children. One aspect of determining program quality includes understanding provisions programs make to accommodate children with special needs and prepare its professionals for working with all types of learners. States vary on the degree to which such provisions are made, and it is not necessarily always apparent to parents which programs demonstrate higher levels of inclusive practices. The goal of this study was to determine which state QRIS standards include provisions for accommodating young children with special needs, and highlighting the states that are paving the way to integrate inclusive practices in an effort to improve quality of early care and education programs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Illinois; Maryland; North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: S283B120054