EEC Board Policy and Research Committee Meeting May 5, 2014. Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Status Update. QRIS Accomplishments . 2009-2011 Developed standards Piloted standards and made revisions Launched QRIS 2012
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EEC Board Policy and Research Committee MeetingMay 5, 2014
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
Although the overall average of the ECCERS-R scores was over a 5, the table indicates that a significant portion of the programs (21.5%) fell in the MINIMAL range overall. Review of the frequencies of the subscales indicates significant portions of programs falling in the minimal range for Space and Furnishings (about 31%), Personal are Routines (approximately 62%), Activities (about 49%) and Program Structure (approximately 20%). Additionally, approximately 12% of programs scored in the INADEQUATE range for Personal Care Routines, further underscoring the need for additional supports and technical assistance in this area.
In contrast to the preschool programs, the data indicates a greater portion of the programs falling in the minimal and inadequate ranges, both overall and among the subscales. Of particular note, around 40% of programs did not meet the GOOD benchmark overall, twice as many as with the preschool classrooms. Among the subscales, substantial portions of programs did not meet the GOOD benchmark for Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Activities and Program Structures. This suggests additional supports are needed for the Infant and Toddler programs in the promotion of quality as measured by the ITERS-R.
Unlike the center-based programs, a majority of the observed family child care homes did not meet the GOOD bench mark OVERALL; instead a majority fell in the minimal range. A majority of programs also fell below the GOOD range for Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines and Activities. Importantly, significant portion of programs fell in the INADEQUATE range for Space and Furnishings and Personal Care Routines. It is important to note that despite the large number of programs in the minimal range OVERALL, a majority of family child programs fell in the GOOD range for Language and Reasoning, Interactions, Program Structure and Parents and Staff. Despite this, a significant number of programs fell in the minimal range for Language and Reasoning (40%) and Program Structure (35%).
As can be seen, the preschool scores are typically higher, followed by the infant toddler programs and then the family child care homes. This pattern is found across all subscales and the OVERALL, except for the Interactions subscales in which the family child care homes score slightly higher than the infant and toddler classrooms. This suggests that more support is needed for family child care homes followed by infant and toddler classrooms to raise quality.
QRIS Participation Data
Since the launch of the on-line, QRIS Program Manager (QPM) in January 2011, 5,329 programs (unique count) have created a total of 7,429 QRIS applications (final status) using the QPM system.
Note: In FY13, Metro (Region 4) was dissolved for Grantee purposes. Towns were reassigned to neighboring regions to align with licensing offices. 9 programs were not assigned to a region in the QPM. These are license-exempt programs that were not recognized automatically by EEC’s system.
Promising Findings Continued
Challenges and Barriers
Recommendations and Conclusions
Recommendations and Conclusions (continued)
Recommendations and Conclusions (continued)
EEC Plan for Improved Information Sharing
and Technical Assistance
QRIS Standards Evaluation and Revision Process
Some standards are presenting significant barriers for programs to move forward in QRIS:
Where do we want QRIS be on January 1, 2016?
Statutory Requirements for a Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
In 2008, EEC was charged with establishing a method of measuring quality in early education and care programs.
Massachusetts General Laws Part I, Title II, Chapter 15D, sec. 12
National QRIS Implementation44 states have a launched a statewide QRIS system
Program Quality Supports
NeededProgram Quality Supports
How do we sustain QRIS?
Questions, comments, concerns…