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Provider perceptions of Parent Aware: Minnesota's quality rating and improvement system: Reporting period May 2015 - July 2015

Parent Aware is Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Parent Aware is a voluntary QRIS intended to engage, rate, market and support quality improvement in early care and education (ECE) programs. It became available to ECE programs in all 87 counties as of January 1, 2015 after a gradual rollout that started in 2012. Quality improvement that supports children's well-being and school readiness is a primary goal of Parent Aware. Engagement of ECE programs in Parent Aware and participation in meaningful improvement efforts are critical for success of the system. Data documenting providers' experiences and perceptions can make important contributions to decision-making about implementation of Parent Aware including the design of recruitment strategies and development of effective incentives for participation and quality improvement. The purpose of this report is to present findings from surveys with ECE providers about Parent Aware. Surveys were administered to gather data from currently-rated Parent Aware providers about their participation in Parent Aware, including their motivation for participating, their experiences thus far, and changes they have made to their program as a direct result of participating in Parent Aware. Additionally, providers eligible to participate but not yet enrolled in Parent Aware were surveyed about their motivations for participating or not participating. Findings are described separately for three provider types: (1) providers participating in the Accelerated Pathway to Rating (APR) process, (2) providers participating the in the full-rating process, and (3) providers eligible for a full-rating but not currently enrolled in Parent Aware. (author abstract)
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