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Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, April 2021
Reports & Papers

This report aims to answer the following questions, summarize findings from analyses conducted in November 2019, highlight gaps in the available information on quality investments, and offer implications for future research. 1) What were states’…

Borowsky Jonathan, July 2020
Reports & Papers

This dissertation includes the following three studies that used Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program administrative data, licensing administrative data, and QRIS administrative data: "Who Benefits From Child Care Quality Ratings," which…

Borowsky Jonathan, Davis Elizabeth E., 2019
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects

This project addresses three major research questions, each focused on families receiving child care subsidies: First, what is the effect of Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) ratings on choice of provider? Second, what is the effect of…

Buell Martha J., Hooper Alison, Hallam Rena A., Han Myae, October, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background Family Child Care (FCC) is an important sector of the early care and education system, and is included in most state-wide Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The sparse data on the literacy opportunities available in FCC are…
Tout Kathryn, Friese Sarah, Starr Rebecca, Hirilall Ashley, September, 2018
Reports & Papers
This brief describes five metrics that can be used individually or in combination to support QRIS operations. The metrics cover QRIS eligibility, participation, ratings, density, and children served. Each metric can be calculated across a state or…
Ferguson Daniel, September, 2018
Bibliographies
A quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a method used by states and local jurisdictions to assess the level of quality of child care and early education programs, improve quality, and convey quality ratings to parents and other consumers.…
Tout Kathryn, Magnuson Katherine A., Lipscomb Shannon T., Karoly Lynn A., Starr Rebecca, Quick Heather, Early Diane Marie, Epstein Dale J., Joseph Gail E., Maxwell Kelly, Roberts Joanne, Swanson Chris, Wenner Jennifer, December, 2017
Literature Review

The purpose of this report is to compile and analyze findings from 10 validation studies examining ratings of early care and education (ECE) programs participating in state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The availability of recent…

Tout Kathryn, Magnuson Katherine A., Lipscomb Shannon T., Karoly Lynn A., Starr Rebecca, Quick Heather, Early Diane Marie, Epstein Dale J., Joseph Gail E., Maxwell Kelly, Roberts Joanne, Swanson Chris, Wenner Jennifer, December, 2017
Executive Summary
The purpose of this report is to compile and analyze findings from 10 validation studies examining ratings of early care and education (ECE) programs participating in state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The availability of recent…
Smith Sheila, Dong Xiaobei, Stephens Samuel A., Tout Kathryn, October, 2017
Reports & Papers
This brief reports on the results of an analysis that addressed two questions concerning a large set of QRIS studies conducted between 2006 and 2016: 1. How are two types of professional development activities, group training for early childhood…
Hallam Rena A., Hooper Alison, Bargreen Kaitlin, Buell Martha J., Han Myae, August, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings. The current study is a mixed-methods investigation of family child care provider participation in voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in 2 states. Study 1 is an analysis of matched QRIS and child care licensing…
Tout Kathryn, Starr Rebecca, Wenner Jennifer, Hilty Rowan, December, 2016
Reports & Papers
Investments in the development or revision of state and local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education have increased in recent years, due in part to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants…
Dechausay Nadine, Anzelone Caitlin, September, 2016
Reports & Papers
The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is the first major opportunity to use a behavioral economics lens to examine programs that serve poor and vulnerable families in the United States. Sponsored by the Office of…
Dechausay Nadine, Anzelone Caitlin, September, 2016
Executive Summary
The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is the first major opportunity to use a behavioral economics lens to examine programs that serve poor and vulnerable families in the United States. Sponsored by the Office of…
Dechausay Nadine, Anzelone Caitlin, September, 2016
Fact Sheets & Briefs
The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The…
Kirby Gretchen, Caronongan Pia, Malone Lizabeth M., Boller Kimberly, Q1 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) provide a summary quality rating for early care and education settings. This paper presents findings from an in-depth study that examined the specification of quality standards and implementation of the…