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The evidence from human development research is clear — the early years of a child’s life lay the foundation for future learning and success. However, positive outcomes from early learning programs depend on the quality of these experiences.
High quality care is about more than just providing children with a safe and clean environment outside of their home. It means they are engaged in meaningful learning experiences and play in an enriched educational setting; they should be guided by qualified and effective caregivers who can build self-confidence, curiosity, and a love of learning.
To this end, a growing number of states are using Child Care and Development Fund monies to create Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). QRIS systems are composed of five common elements:
2. accountability measures;
3. program and practitioner outreach and support;
4. financial incentives;
5. parent and consumer education efforts.
Thus, the QRIS focuses not only on assessing quality, but also on improving quality by providing financial incentives, professional development, and improved information to families so they can become empowered consumers. QRIS gives families a consistent, straightforward way to distinguish quality in early learning programs and to make informed choices about the first educational programs experienced by their children.
We must continue to support states in their endeavors to improve the quality of early childhood education and ensure that all children, particularly the most vulnerable children, have the ability to access high quality early learning.
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