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Oregon's QRIS Standards for Family-Based Programs
Oregon's QRIS Standards for Center-Based Programs
QRIS focuses on five distinct domains or sets of standards that are proven to have a positive impact on young children's lives.
This is the largest domain and covers the learning environment - both the physical environment and the curriculum or program of learning. It emphasizes having an intentional philosophy and program of learning which requires planning and input from child screening and assessment. It also covers optimizing children's social and emotional health through appropriate adult-child interactions and having an environment that is optimal in terms of size, arrangement and equipment, accessible to all children and culturally appropriate.
This domain focuses on health and safety items that are beyond what is required in licensing. Health and hygiene instruction is given in a positive way and covers toileting, germ transmission and tooth brushing. In addition to healthy eating and fitness habits being encouraged, staff are required to address individual health needs of children if needed and consult with other professionals. Screen time limits have been included here as they relate to health as opposed to curriculum or learning.
This domain is focused on the need for highly qualified staff receiving ongoing advancement of their knowledge and skills. The Oregon Registry is used to measure personnel qualifications and ongoing professional development. This domain requires action on the part of employees to submit their information to the Registry as well as time to participate in the professional development.
This domain focuses on reciprocal relationships with families. It requires that programs use the provided "Family Survey" which asks questions about how families feel their input is solicited, how open the communication is and if they are encouraged to participate in the program. It also asks how well the program provides information to families both about the program and outside resources.
This domain focuses on good business practices and professionalism which are important not only to stay in business, but to retain personnel which impacts continuity of care. It also covers program evaluation which helps to promote quality and continuous improvement.
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