Comparison of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) with Department of Defense Standards for Quality

August 16, 2009
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This report examines QRIS standards for child care centers and family child care homes in the 19 states with state-wide QRIS to provide information about which QRIS level (or levels) in each state meet Department of Defense criteria for child care quality.

A Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a comprehensive approach to improving quality for children in child care and other early education settings. Similarly, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has used a systems approach to ensure quality for children in military child care. In this report, NACCRRA examines QRIS standards for child care centers and family child care homes in the 19 states with statewide QRIS to provide information about which QRIS level (or levels) in each state meet DoD criteria for quality. Appendix A includes state by state comparisons of QRIS and DoD Standards. The document includes recommendations for states as they explore, design, implement or modify their quality rating and improvement systems.

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