Research Programs : Demonstration Projects

Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)

QRIS was developed in response to a need in our community to rate early care and education facilities on measures of quality. This project will implement a 5 STAR rating system for family child-care home providers in Miami-Dade County. The project will educate and support family childcare providers to improve the quality of care for all children in their care, with the goal of raising their number of STARS one level during the project. Our tri-lingual staff will offer a three-pronged approach to quality enhancement in order to improve the quality for family child- care providers and the children in their care. These include: a) training participants in the QRIS components and self-assessment on FCCERS-R; b) supporting family child-care home participants in the application process for QRIS; and c) providing assistance in the areas of development of an individualized improvement plan, on-site technical assistance, training, and guidance in accessing other available resources, such as scholarships. The expected benefits include providing parents in our community with a valid method by which to judge the quality of the child-care facility their child attends.

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