Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are rapidly evolving from a child care- focused approach to one that is seeking to embrace a multiplicity of early learning programs including Head Start. The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) included a specific focus on using QRISs for all early learning programs and, more recently, in the issuance of revised performance standards for Head Start, the Office of Head Start made its strongest statement of support yet for integrating Head Start and QRISs. Integrating Head Start and QRISs is key to addressing the growing need for quality Early Care and Education (ECE) settings. This report looks at five states with different integration approaches - Arkansas, Montana, Oregon, Illinois and North Carolina – and explores the lessons learned from these diverse models.
Planning Tool August 13, 2021
This planning tool showcases how the federal relief funds can be used to support infant, toddler, and family well-being through strategies to expand, improve, target, and make early care and education, family support, and maternal and infant/toddler health services more accessible and responsive.
Website August 1, 2021
The child care landscape is a complex, ever-changing environment. Cooperatives -- businesses owned and run by their members -- can be a vital solution many issues. This web page lists a series of resources that show how cooperatives can help build the long-term resilience of child care programs and provide an array of benefits to all stakeholders within the system.
Article July 1, 2021
Transforming children's early care and education into a high-quality learning experience is central to making the city of Detroit a world-class city for its children and families. This article highlights learnings from a formative evaluation of a collaborative effort by a funder, a research organization, and three community partners that set out to shed light on the strengths, limitations, and needs of informal child care providers in southwest Detroit.