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
Provider Incentives and Support
Massachusetts Developed Online Courses in Multiple Languages
The Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) developed for providers an online fundamentals course on QRIS in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Khmer, and Portuguese). This course was designed to introduce early education and out-of-school-time educators to the Massachusetts QRIS so that they became familiar with and participated in the QRIS. The first 2-hour course module introduced the QRIS and explored the current science of brain development. The next four modules introduced the five categories of the QRIS standards and tools that measure process and structural quality indicators. The final module covered how to apply this knowledge to an early education or out-of-school-time program to identify areas for program improvement. More than 1,500 educators have accessed the course since its launch. In addition to the fundamentals course, DEEC developed QRIS technical assistance courses. The modules provided in-depth knowledge in and strategies for QRIS content areas and standards, were easily accessible to professionals currently working in the field, and were translated into Spanish.
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Creates Simple Guide
To assist with the QRIS application process a 2-page guide with the step-by-step process, examples of assessment tools, and illustrative graphics were developed and posted on the Web site along with other resources. Additional information is available at http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs1/qris/20110525_qris_assessment_guide.pdf.
In addition, Massachusetts also offers support to providers new to the QRIS with the following supports:
- Orientation sessions in the five regional offices following Licensing Renewal meetings;
- Trainings on QRIS with Educator/Provider support grantees;
- Trainings on all of the measurement tools required for the QRIS;
- A Program Quality Specialist in each regional office who is able to provide technical assistance via phone, email, or site visits; and
- Monthly technical assistance webinars to field coaches and mentors.