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QRIS Field Test

Four locations across the state are currently piloting the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) program standards, supports, and incentives. These regions were prioritized based on their ability to include urban and rural programs and programs serving diverse populations and families with low incomes. The regions working in cooperation with local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies include:

  • Multnomah County
  • Linn and Benton Counties
  • Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson Counties
  • Lane and Douglas Counties

Are you eligible to participate in the Field Test?

Starting in 2014, the QRIS will be available for programs statewide.

What is Oregon's QRIS?

The Quality Rating System recognizes, rewards and builds on what early learning and development programs are already doing well. It helps ensure children in QRIS programs are ready for kindergarten by connecting programs and providers with free tools, financial incentives and professional advice that they can put into practice with confidence.

Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a program that raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. The Quality Rating System recognizes, rewards and builds on what early learning and development programs are already doing well. It helps ensure children in QRIS programs are ready for kindergarten by connecting programs and providers with free tools, financial incentives and professional advice that they can put into practice with confidence.

Benefits of QRIS

  • Ensures children are better prepared for a great start to kindergarten and beyond
  • Creates common standards of excellence
  • Professionalizes the child care industry and early learning sector
  • Provides tools and financial support for quality improvement
  • Offers expert advice to improve program quality and navigate the QRIS process
  • Gives additional incentive money and a rating designation that programs can use to market their services
  • Furnishes providers a marketing tool to grow their business or reassure parents that their child is in expert hands

Children benefit from high quality care

QRIS gives licensed child care providers tools, financial incentives and expert advice.

Children are ready for success in school

QRIS assists programs to improve their staff quality, teaching standards and environment.

QIRS Process: A Path to Improvement

5 tier system showing designation being supported by incentives and support

The QRIS uses a set of progressively higher program standards to both support improvement and to evaluate the quality of licensed child care and early learning programs.

The system has five tiers, starting with licensure as the baseline. Programs receive support in the initial stages, and additional incentives as they move up. It uses a building block approach that gives programs the strong foundation they need at each stage to move successively on to the next.

Programs use portfolios to document their progress against the QRIS standards. Portfolios employ a variety of evidence, including data, documentation, reports, observations, and expert reviews.

More information about the QRIS process.

A Brief History of Oregon's QRIS

Developed by independent experts, rooted in national and local best practices.

Early childhood experts at Western Oregon University's Teaching Research Institute developed Oregon's QRIS with leadership from the State of Oregon's Child Care Division. The system is based on best practices from targeted research, education awards and other QRISs nationally. Locally, Oregon's own licensing regulations, the Oregon Registry, Quality Indicators and Oregon Programs of Quality provided a strong foundation for the QRIS Standards.

GUIDED BY INPUT FROM THE FIELD.

Professionals in the field worked to refine the QRIS standards through a series of input sessions across the state. These included focus groups:

  • 250 child care and early education providers and programs
  • 13 Child Care Resource and Referral agencies
  • Oregon's licensing specialists
  • Health and nutrition specialists
  • Child care union members
  • Oregon's Professional Development Committee
  • Standards Workgroup of Statewide Partners

Oregon's QRIS

This innovative program seeks to raise the quality and consistency of child care and learning programs. The QRIS connects caregivers and educators with tools, financial incentives and professional advice to ensure the children in their program are better prepared for school. It also gives parents expert, unbiased information to make informed decisions about child care options.

The opinions and policies expressed by this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University, the Office of Child Care, or the U.S. Department of Education.

COI Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care and Education

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