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Fox Lindsay, McCullough Moira, Caronongan Pia, Herrmann Mariesa, April, 2019
Reports & Papers
To inform states' continued development of TQRIS and future validation studies, this report synthesizes findings from validation studies conducted by nine states that received RTT-ELC grants. It also describes the challenges that researchers faced…
Herbst Chris M., October, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are increasingly deployed by U.S. states to monitor and improve the quality of non-parental child care settings. By making information on program quality accessible to the public, QRIS attempts to alter…
Wisconsin Policy Forum, 2018
Reports & Papers
To understand how child care providers in Wisconsin (and its largest urban center, Milwaukee County) are faring under YoungStar, and the extent to which the program is having its intended effect of improving child care quality, we analyzed the…
Geary Nora Ann, Dooyema Carrie Ann, Reynolds Meredith A., December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Introduction A quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a fundamental component of most states' early care and education infrastructures. States can use a QRIS to set standards that define high-quality care and award child care providers…

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…
Herbst Chris M., November, 2016
Reports & Papers
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are increasingly deployed by states to monitor and improve the quality of non-parental child care settings. By making information on program quality accessible to the public, QRIS attempts to alter…
Mueller Betsy, Peterangelo Joseph, Henken Robert E., August, 2016
Reports & Papers
In 2012 and 2013 -- as a follow-up to a multi-year research project that explored the economic impacts of high quality early childhood education -- the Public Policy Forum published a pair of reports analyzing YoungStar's implementation. The reports…
Faria Ann-Marie, Greenberg Ariela, Hawkinson Laura E., Metzger Ivan, June, 2016
Reports & Papers
This report describes common and unique approaches that Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest Region states have adopted in developing and implementing their quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs). A QRIS is a method for assessing,…
Magnuson Katherine A., Lin Ying-Chun, March, 2016
Reports & Papers
The Wisconsin Early Child Care Study (WECCS) is a validation study undertaken to better understand whether Wisconsin's YoungStar Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) rating scale is functioning as intended. That is, the study is…
Walter Frank, Torres Alicia, Aldebot-Green August, July, 2015
Reports & Papers
The purpose of this report is to provide a QRIS communications framework and examples that can be used to support and improve communications with providers, parents, partners, policymakers, and the public. This report is intended for state QRIS…
Build Initiative, June, 2015
Reports & Papers
A total of 35 states and territories responded to a BUILD survey in Fall 2014 related to the alignment of QRIS and CCR&R services in their state. The survey was primarily responded to by QRIS administrators and staff. (author abstract)
Singer Jaime, Hutson Michael, August, 2014
Reports & Papers
This report contains information on a study conducted by American Institutes for Research (AIR) to make recommendations for a School Age Design of Great Start to Quality, Michigan’s tiered quality rating improvement system (QRIS). The first report…
Peterangelo Joseph, Carlson Virginia (Virginia L.), Henken Robert E., February, 2014
Reports & Papers
In this report, we examine the nature and scale of the educational gaps in Milwaukee County's afterschool workforce in relation to YoungStar, and explore the availability of training and education for afterschool program staff. (author abstract)
Peterangelo Joseph, Dickman Anneliese M., March, 2013
Reports & Papers
A study of the implementation of YoungStar, the Wisconsin state child care quality rating and improvement system, in Milwaukee County, based on an analysis of administrative data on Milwaukee County providers during the program's first two years
Smith Sheila, Robbins Taylor, Stagman Shannon, Kreader J. Lee, September, 2012
Reports & Papers
An analysis of child care quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) standards in 23 states to identify practices for supporting children's early learning in eight areas, based on coding of state QRIS standards and early learning guidelines