Over the past several years, states across the country have been creating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to rank the quality of early learning programs, whether child care centers or preschools, and provide coaching to teachers and administrators to help improve them. Now, as states realize the technical questions and hurdles that must be overcome in designing these systems, many of them are coming together to learn from each other in an online resource called the QRIS National Learning Network.
For this podcast, Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative at New America, spoke with Gerrit Westervelt, director of the Build Initiative, a nonprofit that helps states coordinate early childhood programs within their states and share advice across states as well. The Build Initiative is one of the groups behind the QRIS National Learning Network. Gerrit spoke about what can be found on the site, how QRIS systems are evolving and what research is underway that can provide a better sense of the future of QRIS in measuring the quality of early learning programs.