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QRIS Communications: Keep It Simple

QRIS is undeniably complex – and with reason! Quality rating and improvement systems assess, improve and communicate the quality of early childhood programs, and can be thought of as a framework for improving quality in the early learning system overall. However, this complexity makes it a very hard concept to explain to parents and providers,…

The Architecture of Early Learning: Takeaways from the 8th Annual Water Cooler Conference

By Justine Hufford  Two months after early learning experts, partners, and policymakers across California convened in the state’s capitol for the 8th Annual Early Learning Water Cooler Conference, I’m still digesting what I learned from the conference and putting it to use in my work. The conference was packed with information about early learning developments,…

QRIS 2.0 in California: What’s Next?

By Karina Rivera  |  June 9th, 2015   With less than one year left in California’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant that developed and piloted regional Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in 16 counties across California, many questions are being raised. Is the seven-element matrix that places early learning…