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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
Goals
• Ensure high quality ECE through voluntary
  higher standards

• Enhance quality through supports and
  incentives

• 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
           decentralized):
            – Palm Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Pinellas, Broward,
              Miami-Dade
         • Voluntary Multi-County QRIS Collaborative to align
           standards
         • Children’s Trust convened stakeholders to design a local
           system
            – 5 Star QRIS
            – ECE Professional Development
Standards
    5 incremental steps (5 Stars) in 6 areas

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

    •Staff Qualifications
    •Ratios-Group Sizes
    •Family Engagement
    •Program Administration
    •Curriculum
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
Partners
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
                                              Programs
                                            6,800 children

                                                   20 MDCPS
                                                  Classrooms
       225 Child Care
                                                  400 children
           Centers
       13,500 children



                                                70 Family Child Care
                                                      Homes
                                                    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)


        75



        50



        25



         0
                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
  www.thechildrenstrust.org
  Click For Providers. Click Quality Counts

  Jesse Leinfelder
  jesse@thechildrenstrust.org
  305.571.5700

				
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