There are a variety of tools that can assist programs who see to improve quality. Your program may go through a formal quality improvement initiative or take on this endeavor independently. Here is a list of some of the resources that may be useful:
- Existing program policies and procedures – It is important to ensure that program policies and procedures are being implemented accurately and consistently.
- Existing program mission and vision statements –The mission and vision statements provide guidance for how employees interact with children and families.
- Licensing regulations – State licensing regulations set forth the minimum standards of quality experiences, procedures,and practices. Access more information here: http://www.childcareaware.org/resources/map/
- Caring for Our Children Standards – This document contains close to 700 health and safety standards that can be used to improve program quality. You can find the document here: http://nrckids.org/CFOC
- State specific QRIS models and tools – States have been hard at work over the last few years developing and implementing Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. To learn more about QRIS in your state,visit: https://qrisguide.acf.hhs.gov/index.php/states
- State accreditation materials – In addition to QRIS, some states have developed state level accreditation systems. Reach out to your licensing representative for more information about child care accreditation in your state.
- National accreditation tools – There are a number of agencies that will validate high-quality programs through accreditation. Here are just a few:
- National association for the Education of Young Children (link to https://www.naeyc.org/accreditation)
- National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (link to https://necpa.net)
- National Association for Family Child Care (link to https://www.nafcc.org/Accreditation)
- Program and Environmental Rating Scales – These tools allow programs to assess levels of quality and make plans for improvement:
- The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale –Revised (ECERS-R)
- The Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale –Revised (ITERS-R)
- The School-Age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS)
- The Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale0 Revised (FCCERS-R)
- Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
- Program Administration Scale (PAS)
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