QRIS Quality Rating Improvement System

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					Miami-Dade County, Florida
        January 2010
  Why Quality Rating
  Improvement System-QRIS?
Cost, Quality, Child Outcomes Study 1995
• 4 states - 400 centers
• Only 8% infant care and 24% preschool care rated high quality
• Some so bad as to endanger children’s well-being
Children of the Cost-Quality Study Go to School 1999
• Higher quality child care correlated with better child outcomes
  in school (800 children thru 2nd grade)
• Cognitive, language, social-emotional
National interest in QRIS
• Incentivize and support quality in private, tuition-based industry
• Voluntary standards above licensing
Quality Counts
• Ensure high quality ECE through voluntary
  higher standards

• Enhance quality through supports and

• Help families make good choices with a
  trustworthy rating system
HistoryFL Early Learning Coalitions formed 1999
         • Advocates studied elegant models from other states
            – NC, PA, OK, TN
         • FL Coalitions and CSCs got going (state ECE is very
            – Palm Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Pinellas, Broward,
         • Voluntary Multi-County QRIS Collaborative to align
         • Children’s Trust convened stakeholders to design a local
            – 5 Star QRIS
            – ECE Professional Development
    5 incremental steps (5 Stars) in 6 areas

    •Learning Environment
       – Health & Safety, Learning Activities, Interaction

    •Staff Qualifications
    •Ratios-Group Sizes
    •Family Engagement
    •Program Administration
Steps in the Process
   • Introduction, Application, Selection (aim for
     representative cross-section each cohort)
   • Link to TA and Career Advisor
   • Extensive Self-study
   • Formal assessment for baseline, detailed report
   • Quality improvement plan
   • Apply for supports
       – Scholarships, WAGE$, Grants
   • Work on quality improvement
   • Renewal
       – Annual Update; 3 year cycle for Star Rating
Designed and funded by
   Children’s Trust, Early Learning Coalition (ELC), Early Childhood
   Initiative Foundation/Ready Schools Miami
Implementation via ELC
     – Florida International University
     – Family Central Inc.
     – University of Miami Mailman Center
     – The Children's Forum
     – Devereux Florida
     – National Institute for Innovative Leadership
     – United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
Additional funding leveraged
     – Miami-Dade CAA Head Start/Early Head Start
     – Miami-Dade County Public Schools – Ready Schools
     – Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)
     – Miami Dade College
Components & Providers

Quality Rating Improvement System
• “Hub” project management- ELC
• Technical Assistance- FIU, FCI, UM
• Formal Assessment- Devereux FL
• Support Grants-Achievement Awards- ELC

Professional Development
• Career Advisors & Registry- Children’s Forum
• Wage$ Incentives- Children’s Forum
• Targeted In-service Training- United Way
• College Course Development- Miami Dade College
Data Management
        Continuous Quality Improvement
   Web-based Early Learning System-WELS
    – Track & analyze all QRIS data
    – Customize supports; help determine which supports make
      biggest difference
   ECE Professional Development Registry
    – Database of the ECE workforce education & experience
        • Teachers, trainers, trainings
    – Identify needs, engage partners to address needs, track
      progress over time
   Independent evaluation –FPG Institute at University of
   North Carolina
System Building
All sectors working together as a coherent early care &
     education system

         393 programs reaching 21,720 children by Year 2

                                            72 Head Start
                                            6,800 children

                                                   20 MDCPS
       225 Child Care
                                                  400 children
       13,500 children

                                                70 Family Child Care
                                                    420 children

                                          6 RCMA Centers
                                            600 children
Baseline Rating Analysis
              Quality Counts Baseline Ratings in 2008
                       for initial 197 programs
               (child care centers and family child care homes)




                Star 1      Star 2        Star 3        Star 4    Star 5
 # Programs      26           73            72            21        5
Star Rating after Baseline
     Changes in level 1 – 5 from Baseline to first Star Rating
     N = 35

     Increased     Increased    Maintained     Maintained      Decreased
     by 2 levels   by 1 level   levels 1 – 3   levels 4 or 5   by 1 level

          1             6            9              16             3
Publicizing Stars

Moving slowly
 Economic intervention in market “industry”
 Be careful that dis-incentives don’t outweigh incentives
 Celebrate 3, 4, 5 Stars
        -Don’t drive out 1, 2s with negative publicity
Need critical mass of ~60% of total number rated

Promotional angle:
Our program cares so much about quality for your child
that we are participating in Quality Counts
More Information
  The Children’s Trust
  Click For Providers. Click Quality Counts

  Jesse Leinfelder

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