New York

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

Approaches to Implementation

New York Field Test Informed Revisions

A field test of QUALITYstarsNY, coordinated by the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, City University of New York, was completed in 2010. The goals of the field test were to:

  • Evaluate the ease and efficiency of the process of QUALITYstarsNY’s application, documentation, and assessment system under a variety of community conditions (high/low presence of quality improvement supports, geography, program setting types, demographics of children)
  • Validate the standards and the rating scale, i.e., determine whether the points weighting is accurate and whether the star ratings distinguish levels of quality
  • Demonstrate the value/use of community supports for quality improvement
  • Gather information about what kinds of improvements programs plan to make to move up in the system; this was done to inform content and the nature of later support efforts

An independent evaluation was conducted as part of the field test to assess the validity and reliability of the draft program standards. The evaluation data informed decisions necessary for the statewide implementation of QUALITYstarsNY. Based on the field test, the standards for center-based and family-based programs were revised to better reflect the feedback from programs and providers. NY also has standards for public schools and has tested the draft version of standards for school-age child care programs in some programs across the state.

Standards and Criteria

Quality Ratings in New York Based on Point Calculations

Regulated providers received a one-star rating in QualityStarsNY. Programs or providers that wished to advance up to five stars earned points for meeting standards in each of the four standards categories: learning environment, family engagement, qualifications and experience, and management and leadership. All programs provided supporting documentation to verify program policies, practices, and achievements. At least 10 percent of the total possible points had to be earned in each category to ensure that all rated programs met a minimum level of quality.

There were a total of 360 possible points associated with the standards for centers, family or home providers, and school-based programs. All sites could earn up to 290 possible points before receiving up to 20 possible points based on the populations of children they serve and up to 50 points based on Environment Rating Scales observation scores. The final rating level was determined by calculating the total points earned out of total points possible. The ratings were broken down as follows:

  • One star: regulated provider
  • Two stars: 10–39 percent
  • Three stars: 40–59 percent
  • Four stars: 60–84 percent
  • Five stars: 85–100 percent

Additional information is available on the QualityStarsNY website.

Cost Projections and Financing

QUALITYstarsNY: Opportunities for Alignment of Current Resources

In 2010, the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council commissioned a short-term project to identify current resources (state and federal) to support early care and education through outreach to parents, technical assistance to programs, and professional development for staff. The intent was to paint a picture, at a point in time, of resources that might be aligned with New York’s QRIS, QUALITYstarsNY. Appropriate websites for state agencies and programs were reviewed, and interviews were conducted with 30 individuals. In addition to providing information about resources, the interviews were an opportunity to increase visibility of the QRIS among a key constituency, state agency leaders and their contractors, and a chance to further engage them in the larger initiative of the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), specifically its quality improvement work.