QRIS is a systemic way to improve quality of child care with a focus on child outcomes and school readiness. The model does this through supporting quality environments, effective teacher-child interactions and meaningful family engagement.
For the past two years, 80 participants from five communities participated in the Seeds to Success field test, which was led by our partners at Thrive by Five Washington, and will end on June 30. DEL will now begin moving toward statewide expansion by inviting up to 60 field test participants to become “early adopters” of the final QRIS model. Early adopters must meet certain requirements, and commit to helping with the development of a sustainable QRIS model that is child-centered and family-focused.
Early adopters will continue to receive coaching, scholarships, training and incentives to support their quality improvement efforts during the first year of the system.
Early adopter applicants must meet these requirements:
- Participated in the Seeds to Success field test
- Have spring 2011 follow-up evaluation data
- Serve a minimum of four children ages birth through 5
- Have an active state child care license (no suspensions, revocations and not currently on probation) with no pattern of non-compliance (cannot have two or more valid complaints of the same type within the past 12 months)
- Serve children receiving state child care subsidies, or offer scholarships or a sliding fee scale for low-income families
DEL will send field test participants an information kit later this month, including an application. We expect to launch activities with providers in late August 2011. We aim to expand QRIS to new facilities statewide in summer 2012 (depending upon available resources).