QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the Quality Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Standards and Criteria

Idaho Incorporated Strengthening Families into QRIS

Strengthening Families is a parent engagement and child abuse and neglect prevention framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. This framework capitalized on the unique relationship between child care providers and the parents of children in their care. Based on recognizing and promoting families’ strengths, rather than identifying risk factors, the Strengthening Families framework helped families develop the five “protective factors” proven to reduce child abuse and neglect and promote optimal child outcomes: social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, parental resilience, and healthy social and emotional development. Facilities participating in the IdahoSTARS: Steps to Quality QRIS earned points toward their composite STAR rating by taking Strengthening Families training and implementing the framework in their workplace. Thirty IdahoSTARS-approved trainers offered a robust schedule of training opportunities: the 8-module, 17-hour basic trainings, 7 intermediate-level trainings, and 5 essential trainings that were embedded in the QRIS. Implementation was measured by documentation of social and educational events for parents, volunteer opportunities, parent workgroup activities, a system of emergency support, completion of the Strengthening Families self-assessment, and a corresponding action plan.