Child Care Quality

Quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) often reflect a state’s efforts to increase quality in early care and education (ECE) settings. QRISs systematically assess the quality of care in ECE settings and communicate that quality level to a variety of audiences. States have the ability to design QRISs differently to meet the ECE goals in their state.

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Our estimates indicate that Virginia’s investment yields substantial returns to children, families, and the state–including reduced poverty and child maltreatment, a lifetime of improved educational achievement, and hundreds of millions of dollars in state economic returns.

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center undertook an exploratory research process to both document New Mexico’s historic state actions and to develop a theory of change that connects these actions to their most likely outcomes based on existing evidence in the field.

QRISs are methods of systematically assessing and communicating the level of quality of care in ECE settings to a variety of audiences. QRISs often reflect a state’s efforts to increase quality in ECE settings.

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