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Going from Good to Great: Promoting Provider Participation in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Accreditation Programs. Track: Child Care
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Track: Child Care
Panelists from the Department of Defense (DoD), state licensing, and the provider community will discuss how to increase quality by encouraging greater participation in QRIS and accreditation programs. The DoD will describe how the Department made the transition from good to great. Other panelists will describe best practices in the states and how Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge grants, quality dollars, QRIS and accreditation can promote higher quality early care and education and increased compliance with state laws and regulations.
Presenters: Katie Gallagher, Senior Associate Counsel, Corporate & Regulatory Affairs, Knowledge Universe
Carolyn Stevens, Senior Program Analyst, Department of Defense
Kathie Boe, Senior Director, Quality and Accreditation, Knowledge Universe
David A. Collins, Interim Director, Division of Child Care, Colorado Department of Human Services
Early Childhood Development
And the Economic Necessity of
Thriving Child Care Businesses
“To license and monitor Child Care facilities, insuring a safe and high quality experience for all children”
And the Next Generation
Fall 2012 Application
The question has arisen; how we can award a level II rating for core competency training completion without verification of level I fidelity?
About 1/3 of the 6500 facilities to become TQRIS rated are visited each year by licensing specialists. To enable every facility that wants to assert a rating higher than level I that is not due for a visit for months or years, we may be able to get 2-3 years worth of 2/3 more licensing specialists to verify licensing compliance and level II completion.
Over time, the need for additional staff declines back to the previous caseload per staff ratio. The new registry maturing over three to four years saves licensing the cost of time spent paying staff to verify background checks, professional qualifications, certifications, trainings and other records. The time Licensing Specialists save is necessary for the 3 hours they must spend applying the elements of ERS that lead to a level I and II rating.
In doing this, the ERS core indicator could be introduced at level II by licensing specialists and done again at level III when the licensee does a self evaluation and a contracted quality management entity evaluates and scales core elements of early learning and care. Then, level IV and V require full ERS and varied levels of other tools, such as Pas, Clas, accreditations, etc., and the other point generating elements, like family engagement, wrap-around services, tiered reimbursement, shared services, social emotional, and so on are completed and published by the contractor(s).
We are then creating reliable validity when accepting a level II rating within the first three years of the TQRIS and taking the opportunity to use core indicators at levels II and III that are completed by two different teams of evaluators. Self evaluation credit should be embedded at all levels.