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About QUALITYstarsNY:

QUALITYstarsNY is New York State’s proposed Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), and is designed to improve the quality of all early care and learning programs. It is a project of the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), whose mission is to provide strategic direction and advice to the State of New York on early childhood issues. All licensed programs are eligible to participate in this voluntary rating system, whether they are located in nursery schools, child care centers, Head Start, public schools, or private homes. Each participating program receives a star rating (of 1 to 5) that indicates the quality of the program, as well as support and consultation to assist with improvement of the program.

QUALITYstarsNY will provide a coherent, systematic way to support program improvement and ensure the best use of public dollars in all early childhood programs. It will establish standards of program excellence by providing a research-based tool for assessing the quality of early childhood programs and will create a comprehensive strategy for aligning the quality of programs with the investment of public resources.

A QRIS provides a roadmap for provider improvement and an accountability measure for progress and funding. It simultaneously supports parents in becoming better educated consumers of early childhood services by providing them with new tools and information. The essential elements to a QRIS are technical assistance and funding targeted to both specific quality improvement and to incentive grants to support programs in meeting higher quality standards.

QRIS Resources: 

The Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign, a partnership of Winning Beginning NY, the Public Policy and Early Education Fund, the Alliance for Quality Education, and Citizen Action of New York, recommend that New York State create a Ready for Kindergarten Innovation Fund to assure that children enter Kindergarten prepared to succeed. October 2012.

Quality: What it Is and Why it Matters in Early Childhood Education, a Schuyler Center policy brief aimed at policymakers. The brief describes why quality matters, what it looks like, and how it’s measured. It makes the point that the workforce is integral to providing quality care and education and should be supported with professional development opportunities. Finally, it recommends that New York State implement QUALITYstarsNY to measure and improve quality. September 2012.

Implementing QUALITYstarsNY describes the implementation of QUALITYstarsNY and "where we are now." March 2012.

QUALITYstarsNY School- and Family-based Standards Released! Find them here. And, download a new brochure from the Early Childhood Advisory Council about QUALITYstarsNY, that explains who benefits from it, how it works and who can participate. March 2012.

Boosting New York’s Economy Short- and Long-Term Economic Gains through Quality Early Learning,
a report by America's Edge. March 2012.

Unlocking the Potential of QRIS: Trends and Opportunities in the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Applications, A new policy brief from BUILD and the QRIS National Learning Network, in collaboration with the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative. The brief explores the ideas and trends related to QRIS that state leaders included in their RTT-ELC applications. February 2012.

A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems, a new report by the National Women's Law Center and CLASP, is based on interviews with a diverse group of child care center directors who have a range of experience participating in QRIS in nine different states. The insights offered by child care directors are particularly valuable as an increasing number of states adopt QRIS and the federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge competitive grant program highlights QRIS as a central component of strong state early learning systems. QRIS hold great promise for boosting the quality of care and lifting up the child care profession and child care system. February 2012.

Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems
: Approaches Used by TA Providers to Improve Quality in Early Care and Education Programs and Home-based Settings. A report by the National Center for Children in Poverty. January 2012. download report

Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College

The Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign, a partnership of Winning Beginning NY, the Public Policy and Early Education Fund, the Alliance for Quality Education, and Citizen Action of New York, recommends that New York State create a Ready for Kindergarten Innovation Fund in FY2013-14 that targets expansion of Pre-K in high-needs school districts, coupled with an investment in QUALITYstarsNY to build high-quality early care and education programs across the state. See the October 2012 campaign recommendations sent to the Governor's Education Reform Commission.

October 10, 2012 Public Forum on QUALITYstarsNY

Advocates for the funding of early learning programs met in Albany to call for increased investment in QUALITYstarsNY, at a forum hosted by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. The advocates are seeking $20 million in new funding to improve the quality of 700 public pre-kindergarten programs, benefitting more than 53,000 children.  See:

Forum press from the the Legislative Gazette, and the Children's Place, whose Executive Director, Lori Tantakis, participated in the 2nd panel.

Anne Mitchell's Powerpoint and photos of the forum.


Rating Child Care Like Hotels & Restaurants?
Public News Service (August 1, 2013) - COMMACK, N.Y. - People dine at five-star restaurants or watch movies given four stars by reviewers - why shouldn't parents looking for a quality preschool or child care center have similar guidelines? That's being planned or implemented in nearly every state, and the people working on methods of assessing, improving and communicating the level of quality are meeting in Washington, D.C., this Thursday and Friday to share ideas. -see story

Jaffee, educators want additional funds to evaluate state's Pre-K programs
Legislative Gazette (October 15, 2012) - Advocates for the funding of early learning programs met in Albany last Wednesday to call for increased investment in QUALITYstarsNY, New York state's first comprehensive rating system for evaluating and improving education opportunities children receive prior to kindergarten. -see story

QUALITYstarsNY Forum
The Children's Place website (October 23, 2012) - Our executive director, Lori Tantakis, participated in a forum on QUALITYstarsNY, the state's quality rating and improvement system. The forum, hosted by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, included a video presentation of the system which currently provides supports for program improvement to over 400 programs. -see story

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