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  • Primary Prevention A Key Ingredient In High Quality Early Care and Education Settings Important ways Children’s Trust Funds Can be engaged in states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) What is QRIS? Oklahoma launched the first Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) in 1998. At that time, the term QRS (Quality Rating System) was the term used to describe these systems, constructed to “assess, improve and communicate about the level of quality in early care and education settings,” according to Anne Mitchell in her QRIS toolkit, Stair Steps to Quality. Recently, the ‘I’ has been added to create the term QRIS, the ‘I’ standing for Improvement. The Getting Started addition of the ‘I’ has helped to shift the focus away from merely rating early care and education programs – expanding the idea of quality to include continuous quality improvement. It also helps redefine the term “quality” to include such things as serving families in a culturally competent manner, including supports that will allow The Right Tools Are families, in partnership with early care and education professionals, Always Helpful. to facilitate their child’s optimum development and school readiness. The Strengthening Families During the past ten years, Protective Factor (SF/PF) seventeen other states have Framework is a strong support joined Oklahoma in fully implementing QRIS. All but Share What You Know. five of the remaining states are Research by NAEYC revealed drafting standards, piloting or considering how to implement that early childhood educators QRIS. If you are interested in feel a strong sense of learning more about how this responsibility to help prevent applies to your state, see the child abuse and neglect, but reference materials in this want to know more about document and contact your effective strategies. State Child Care Administrator for additional information specific to your state.
  • Stories from Three ECI Education Professionals Early Care and States: Children’s Trust Funds The Alliance’s Embedding the Strengthening Families Protective Early Childhood Initiative Factor (SF/PF) Framework Into QRIS (ECI) Working Together. One Goal. Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Before it Ever Occurs by Strengthening Families. A System of Systems Basic Elements of QRIS There are five elements that are common to almost QRIS is a composite system that unifies multiple all states’ QRIS: sectors of the early childhood education system. 1. Standards – at least two levels of quality Some of the sub-systems represented in states’ above state’s basic licensing requirements – QRIS are: may align with early learning guidelines. Child Care Licensing • 2. Accountability – Monitoring and Professional Development System • assessment of standards Early Care and Education Providers – • 3. Support to ECE Practitioners – technical Centers and Family Child Care assistance, training and other supports to help practitioners along the pathway to Child Care Resource & Referral • quality. Early Childhood Mental Health • 4. Financing – tiered reimbursements, grants Departments of Education and other support tied to quality. • Higher Education 5. Parent Education – actually, educating • parents to be savvy consumers of high quality All of these must agree upon how the basic early care and education as they see how it elements of QRIS should be structured and will benefit their most precious resource – implemented. Building the five protective factors their children. (parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting Each of these elements can serve as a “door” by which and child development and social and emotional Children’s Trust Funds may seek to enter QRIS. By partnering with early childhood stakeholders to embed the development of children) is a priority for each of five protective factors into QRIS, Children’s Trust Funds these systems. have the opportunity to systemically strengthen families. 2
  • Children’s Trust Funds Early Care and Education Professionals Together, with the right tools. . . We can strengthen families. “Quality Early Care and Why should Education programs are the foundation for a child abuse Children’s Trust and neglect prevention agenda.” Funds become --- Sharon L. Kagan involved with QRIS? Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework Evidence points to the 1 reality that quality early care and education programs strengthen children and families and ultimately reduce child abuse and neglect. 2 Children’s Trust Funds have valuable experience implementing effective community-based family strengthening strategies. The Strengthening 3 Families Protective Factor Framework is a tool that Children’s Trust Funds can offer as a resource to help unite the multiple sectors of the early childhood field necessary to build and sustain Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). 3
  • Stories from Three ECI States: The Alliance’s Embedding the Strengthening Families Protective Early Childhood Initiative Factor (SF/PF) Framework Into QRIS (ECI) In September of 2008, three ECI States (Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Idaho) were chosen to participate in Strengthening Families Through QRIS -- an intensive effort to support their state’s QRIS with the Protective Factors* Pennsylvania In 2002, Pennsylvania commissioned the Early Care and Education Quality  Study as a part of the Task Force on Early Care and Education. The study  indicated a decline in the quality of early childhood settings, both in center‐ based and family child care homes.   Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s QRIS,  Collaboration was launched in 2002 to address the alarming decline in quality.   The robust  voluntary system is a continuous quality improvement program available to  Requires all regulated child care providers in Pennsylvania.  Keystone STARS has  steadily increased the quality of centers, group homes and family child care  Concentration homes.  Approximately 1,500 child care providers participated in Keystone  STARS in June 2004, serving 72,000 children.   By January 2009 that number  had grown to over 5,000 child care providers serving over 180,000 children  The vibrant network of the and their families.   The ECI team in Pennsylvania has embedded language  from the SF/PF Framework into their Best Practices Guide and Optional  ECI Learning Community . . . Tools.  These tools assist programs as they seek to move up to higher levels  represents partnerships between of quality. Another aspect of the ECI team’s work is to create a tool kit for  CTFs and early childhood child care providers that will support their use of the SF/PF approach as  stakeholders in 27 states. Each they reach for higher quality.  As this team studied the common elements of  member of the Learning QRIS, they saw their best opportunity or “door” into their state’s QRIS to be  Community is committed to: that of “supports to ECE practitioners”   (p.2).    ♦ Transformational systemic   change to benefit children and families Tennessee ♦ Attainment and Tennessee’s QRIS actually includes two programs: strengthening of the five • Child Care Evaluation & Report Card Program – protective factors among all required for all licensed and approved child care providers families and communities • Star Quality Child Care Program – voluntary program ♦ A future where all children that recognizes child care providers who meet a higher live in safe, stable and nurturing standard of quality. QRIS standards in Tennessee require both of the above programs to families and communities. participate in a program assessment. This is done through a variety of standard assessment tools, such as the Environment Rating Scale. The ECI Theory of Change Tennessee has identified alignment between the various ERS tools and the SF/PF Framework. Often child care programs may view the maps out a plan to accomplish ERS as a list of requirements that they must check off. An awareness the goals stated above. A key of how these requirements serve to strengthen families is a powerful strategy will be to explore ways motivation. The ECI team in Tennessee is choosing to embed the in which states can embed the SF/PF Framework into their QRIS through the “door” of “standards” Strengthening Families and “accountability.” Protective Factor Framework into their states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). See www.ctfalliance.org *This work is made possible through funding from the Doris Duke Charitable for more information. Foundation and the A.L. Mailman Foundation 4
  • Children’s Trust Funds Early Care and Education Professionals   3 Idaho Resources: To learn more about the National Alliance of Enthusiastic support from child care providers Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds’ Early and a disdain for regulations by state policy Childhood Initiative work with Strengthening makers form the backdrop for efforts to Families Through QRIS, see: increase quality for early care and education www.ctfalliance.org/qris settings in Idaho. Yet, since 2003 a unique relationship between the Idaho Association for To download a copy of the Strengthening the Education of Young Children (Idaho Families Self-Assessment, Guidebook for Early AEYC) and the University of Idaho Childhood Programs and other materials, see: (IdahoSTARS state training and registry www.strengtheningfamilies.net system) was the basis for a collaboration that eventually included Idaho’s Children’s Trust The federal American Recovery and Fund. Although quality efforts initially Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the focused on voluntary training and education “Stimulus Package,” offers some opportunities scholarships, mentoring, and environment to implement early childhood policy and assessment, by 2006 a broader focus began to systems change. To learn more about how this include the use of the Strengthening Families could possibly benefit implementation of approach as an integral component of Idaho’s QRIS, see: www.buildinitiative.org Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and accounts for 20% of the The National Child Care Information Center quality standards. QRIS is currently in the has recently updated information about states design phase and being implemented through who are fully implementing QRIS, with links a statewide pilot program in over 20 cities. to states’ QRIS websites: The pilot includes 52 centers and family-based http://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/pubs/qrs- programs, serving nearly 3,000 children and defsystems.html their families. Idaho has been successful at incorporating major components of the Advancing Child Abuse and Neglect Protective Strengthening Families approach (including Factors: The Role of the Early Care and the self-assessment) into the QRIS standards. Education Infrastructure by Sharon L. Kagan They have created a curriculum around the gives a justification of why high quality early SF/PF Framework that will soon be expanded childhood programs are a logical foundation to programs outside of the QRIS pilot, for a child abuse and neglect prevention utilizing the “support to ECE practitioners” agenda: door into their QRIS. The most recent work http://www.cssp.org/uploadFiles/Kagan.pdf being undertaken by the ECI team is to For further information, implement the Community Café and reach out to parents to cultivate their “leadership voice” contact: in order to raise an awareness of the importance of quality child care and create a greater demand for higher quality and a Martha Reeder, Program Manager strong statewide voluntary QRIS. Early Childhood Initiative   National Alliance of Children’s Trust and   Prevention Funds   marthareeder@gmail.com       5
  • Strengthening Families Through QRIS Children’s Trust and Preventions Funds across the United States have embraced the Strengthening Families Protective Factor (SF/PF) Framework as a way to build strong families and communities and to support the optimal development of the very youngest and most vulnerable children. Early Care and Education Systems have recognized the need for higher quality early care and education settings, and have pursued the development of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) as a way to meet this need. High quality early care and education settings that reach out to parents in significant and meaningful partnerships may be one of the best ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. As QRIS are being built and revised, the critical opportunity exists to strengthen families and prevent child abuse before it ever occurs. Early Care and Education Primary Prevention: A Key Ingredient in High Quality National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds 5712 30th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98105 Phone (206) 526-1221 [Recipient] Fax (206) 526-0220 info@ctfalliance.org Address Line 1 www.ctfalliance.org Address Line 2 Address Line 3 Safe and Healthy Address Line 4 Children Strong and Stable Families Thriving and Prosperous Communities