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News and Resources

“BUILD's New QRIS 3.0 Resources”

This March 23rd webinar addresses the latest innovations and strategies related to quality rating and improvement systems. New resources developed through BUILD's think tank, “Establishing an Ecosystem for High-Quality Early Learning,” are also discussed. Click here to access these resources and view this presentation’s slide deck and recording. 

"Head Start and QRIS Working Together for Quality"

This March 21st Let's Talk webinar explores the QRIS engagement of Head Start programs and ways to leverage each system's elements to improve overall quality. Speakers include Head Start program staff who have been actively involved in leading their local QRIS implementation and state-level leaders with experience building Head Start-QRIS integration systems. The new Head Start Program Performance Standards on QRIS participation and models for Head Start involvement in QRIS are reviewed, and successes, strategies, and lessons learned are shared. Click here to view this presentation's slide deck and recording.

Register for the 2017 QRIS National Meeting! 

Register today for the 2017 QRIS National Meeting from June 27-29 in Dallas, Texas! (Regular registration will end on May 15th at 8 pm ET.) We listened to your feedback. In an effort to make this year's meeting more interactive and engaging, we added more pre-conference sessions and new session formats to the agenda. Visit our website for more details. Let us know on Twitter that you have registered, using the hashtag #2017qrismeeting.    

External News and Resources
Erikson Institute National Survey of Family Child Care Networks

Erikson Institute is conducting a national survey of networks and other staffed programs that provide a menu of ongoing supports to home-based child care providers, including family child care and family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. Findings from this survey will inform policy and program initiatives intended to improve the quality of caregiving for the millions of young children in early care and education settings. Click here to participate in the survey. If you have questions, contact Patricia Molloy at (Please note: Each organization should complete one survey only. As a thank you for your time and effort, the first fifty respondents to complete this survey will receive a $25 Amazon gift card from the Erikson Institute.)

Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest Releases Study and Tool Examining Early Childhood Education Programs’ Quality Improvement Activities

Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest has released a study and a tool that investigate how early childhood education programs improve their quality while participating in quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). The study, “Quality Improvement Efforts among Early Childhood Education Programs Participating in Iowa’s Quality Rating System,” explores the quality improvement activities and ratings in Iowa’s quality rating system among the state’s early childhood programs (centers and homes). The tool, “The ‘I’ in QRIS Survey: Collecting Data on Quality Improvement Activities for Early Childhood Education Programs,” is a survey that helps states collect data on improvement activities and strategies used by early childhood education programs participating in a QRIS.

“Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships to Improve Child and Family Outcomes”

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems are hosting a four-part webinar series entitled “Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships to Improve Child and Family Outcomes.” This interactive series will help early intervention and early childhood special education systems leaders build the capacity in personnel and families to develop trusting partnerships. The first webinar will take place on March 29th from 3-4 pm ET. The series will continue through June. Click here to learn more about the series and here to register for the first webinar.

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