Child Care Quality Improvement

National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement delivers TA to support State and Territory CCDF grantees in their efforts to develop and enhance quality improvement efforts. Expert staff members work with CCDF grantees to help them reach their State and Territory plan quality goals to implement statewide quality rating and improvements systems (QRIS), enhance health and safety standards and licensing systems, develop and align early learning guidelines, and promote consumer education about quality. Staff identify and share research-based promising practices and work with partners from Child Care Technical Assistance Network, Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program, Office of Head Start, and other technical assistance organizations to address early childhood-related cross-sector system issues and to identify knowledge gaps and leading-edge questions.

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The Program Standards Crosswalk is a tool designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards.

The QRIS Resource Guide provides guidance for States as they explore key issues and consider decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).

The Cost Estimation Model Tool is designed to help quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) administrators determine the costs of implementing all elements of a QRIS for their State, county or city.

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is a tool that calculates the cost of care by levels of quality based on site-level provider data. The tool can help state policymakers, child care providers, and other stakeholders understand the costs associated with delivering high-quality child care services.

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Quality Improvement Resources and Information

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This issue brief includes a table with links to all state agency, child care resource and referral, and quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) Web sites.

This issue brief shares the experiences of six States (AR, AZ, IN, ND, NM, and UT) that have begun to address the challenges of monitoring exempt care.

This issue brief provides examples and brief descriptions of state Web sites that effectively direct families to specific support services and other supplemental resources.

This brief provides an overview of strategies that States and Territories can employ to promote and strengthen business practices and leadership in early childhood settings.

This issue brief focuses on how to support families in choosing quality care and understanding a QRIS.

This issue brief explores decision points in developing a monitoring system, including requirements; inspections; and processes for responding to violations, complaints, referrals, and appeals.

This issue brief includes an overview of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG Act of 2014) requirements specific to consumer education and how States share provider-specific information; aggregate information about deaths, serious injuries, and abuse; and information abo

This issue brief aims to assist CCDF Administrators and their partners in their work to support license-exempt family child care (FCC) homes. In addressing the unique needs of exempt FCC homes, States and Territories can better support the children in their care and their families.

This five minute video provides an overview of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC), including how to enter data into the PCQC and how to access resources to support the use of the PCQC. Target audiences include CCDF State and Territory Administrators and staff, policy-makers, advocates, CCR&R staff, and child care organizations and networks.

This PowerPoint presentation, used for regional Webinars, describes the requirements for consumer education Web sites and online inspection reports under the CCDBG Act of 2014.