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Mitchell, A. & Stoney, L. (2009) An Actionable Federal Framework to Promote QRIS in the States.

States across the US are engaged in crafting accountability systems aimed at improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool services provided in a range of settings –Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). A QRIS is a systemic strategy to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. A key reason that QRIS is a powerful strategy is that it can serve as a ‘big tent’ and unifier, embracing a wide range of early care and education (ECE) programs and services located in many settings and funded by many public and private sources – including parent fees. Thus, QRIS can simultaneously encourage continuous quality improvement while also serving as a tool for system reform, helping align public and private ECE policy and finance.

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Subject: Child Care