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ERIC Number: ED510694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-10
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education. Early Childhood Highlights. Volume 1, Issue 1
Child Trends
Research suggests that high quality early care and education programs can have a significant impact on improving the cognitive, academic and social skills of all children, especially those most at risk for later school failure. A number of states are developing Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to assess and improve the quality of early care and education programs for children ages birth to five and older. Similar to ratings used for restaurants and other services, a QRIS designates a quality rating associated with an early childhood or school-age program, many of which receive public funding and are responsible for the care of hundreds of thousands of children each year. A QRIS may also be used to increase parent and consumer awareness about which programs meet defined levels of quality and to align program funding with quality ratings. This paper discusses the following: (1) the essential elements of a QRIS; (2) what evaluation research says about QRIS impact on the quality of care and child outcomes; and (3) key considerations for developing a QRIS. (Contains 17 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends