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Child Care Quality Improvement

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qris

Explore resources related to creating and implementing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for programs that includes quality standards beyond licensing, supports for child care providers to improve quality, financial incentives, program quality assessments and monitoring, and consumer education.

license

Explore resources related to licensing and other regulatory systems that establish and enforce health and safety requirements, monitor provider compliance, and serve as the foundation for quality improvement initiatives.

Consumer Education

Explore resources related to consumer education about child care quality,  QRIS ratings and  other descriptive methods for families to assess program strengths and make informed choices that meet the family’s and child’s needs.

Early Learning Guidelines

Explore resources related to implementing early learning guidelines (ELGs), aligning ELGs with other standards, and incorporating them throughout the early care and education system (e.g., licensing requirements, QRIS Standards, curricula, child assessment, etc.).

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State government agencies responsible for regulating child care providers often have the dual role of ensuring that providers are compliant with the licensing laws and regulations as well as educating the public on the importance of those laws and regulations in keeping children safe from harm.

This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards about health services, nutrition, and caring for children with disabilities in center-based settings.

This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards found in learning environment, developmental domains addressed in learning activities, and observation/assessment methods to track children’s development for the care of infants and toddlers in center-

This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards about family involvement in the classroom/program, family communication and education, and family support and resources  for the care of infants and toddlers in center-based settings.

A quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.

Of paramount concern to all parents is the health, safety, and well-being of their children while in child care. The Office of Child Care is committed to expanding high-quality choices available to parents across the range of child care settings.

Interpretive guides for their child care licensing regulations generally help child care licensing staff understand the purpose of licensing requirements and the methods they should use to assess facilities’ compliance with the requirements.

Access to information about a provider’s licensed status and the findings from an onsite monitoring visit can provide critical information about the safety and quality of care.

Comprehensive background checks are a basic safeguard essential to protect the safety of children in child care and minimize children’s risk of abuse and neglect.

Comprehensive background checks are a basic safeguard essential to protect the safety of children in child care and minimize children’s risk of abuse and neglect.

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