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Start Preparing for the QRIS

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

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QRIS Top 5!

Oregon's QRIS is being field tested in select locations across the state, but will soon be available for all programs. Here are five things your program can be doing to prepare:

  1. Move up on the Oregon Registry! Oregon's QRIS Personnel Qualifications standards are based on the Oregon Registry. Creating Professional Development plans, articulating degrees, CDA's and other certificates, and submitting documentation for your highest step will make meeting these standards much easier! Suggestion: Check out the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) website and their newly designed Professional Development Planning page!
  2. Get your policies and procedures written down and up to date! You know what you do and why you do it, but does your staff? Do the parents? Make sure your program philosophy is written down and posted for both parents and staff to view. Develop and/or update written policies on things like behavior management, meal times, personnel policies, inclusion, parent engagement, etc. Drafting or refining your policies now, to reflect how your program operates, will make meeting all of the QRIS standards much easier! Suggestion: Attend a workshop on policy development; check the Oregon Registry Online (ORO) training calendar for dates!
  3. Get parents involved in your program! Including families in your program is an important part of quality. Take a look at your program and assess how much parent involvement you have. How do you engage parents? Do you have a newsletter? Do you ask parents to evaluate your program and make changes according to their feedback? Does your program reflect the cultural diversity of your families? Do you have formal and informal methods for two-way communication with your families? Evaluate what you do well and work towards best practice family engagement! Suggestion: Download the Family Survey and begin using it today!
  4. Learn about research based screening and assessment tools and how to use them! Oregon's QRIS mirrors Oregon's ELC emphasis on screening and assessing children. If you are not already using research based tools to screen and assess your children, attend a training to learn about them and choose the best option for your program. Assessing and screening the children in your program takes time and effort, starting now means you can have much of it done when QRIS comes to your area. Suggestion: Check the ORO training calendar for dates of trainings, the ASQ Oregon website, and study the QRIS standards.
  5. Make sure your program uses a curriculum that supports all children's learning and development! There are a number of well-respected curriculum used by early childhood programs that satisfy the criteria of Oregon's QRIS. Remember, choosing and implementing a curriculum that is right for you takes time so get started now! Suggestion: Check the QRIS standards and find a class on the ORO training calendar about implementing curriculum.

Download a PDF version of The Top Five

Stay connected to your local Resource and Referral Agency for QRIS news and updates!

If you live in a field test area check the ORO training calendar for the next Increasing Quality Training Session to learn how to get involved now!

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.

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