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The Quality Compendium
The 2017 Quality Compendium ( is a catalog and comparison of quality initiatives including Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to promote thoughtful design, analysis and ongoing improvement in early care and education systems building.


The QRIS Compendium and is a comprehensive resource for administrators, policy makers, researchers, technical assistance providers and others for information about all of the QRIS operating in the US and its territories. Features of the 2016 QRIS Compendium include: information on topics like rating, use of observational tools, and indicators; full state and locality QRIS profiles; functionality to create customizable data reports about specific QRIS data elements; and useful analysis of some of the key facts about QRIS in 2016.


BUILD Initiative

BUILD has been supporting state leaders, from the public and private sectors, in their efforts to develop comprehensive, effective, and equitable early childhood systems since the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative launched the initiative in 2002. BUILD promotes innovation and systems building by providing peer networking opportunities, access to diverse technical assistance providers and experts, state-of-the-field resources on all aspects of systems building, and exceptional opportunities for continuous learning and improvement.

The Early Learning Challenge Collaborative

The Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, a partnership between the BUILD Initiative and the First Five Years Fund, is supported by private foundation dollars to work with and support states as they planned, applied for, and now are implementing the Early Learning Challenge Grants. The Early Learning Challenge Collaborative seeks to promote state systems-building by shaping and informing state and federal policy on early childhood systems, expanding the number of states that build effective early childhood systems, and working to sustain federal investments for young children and state systems that support them.

Child Trends

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 30 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. Our team of experts brings together a range of educational, work, policy and cultural experiences to provide cutting-edge research on issues affecting children from birth to early adulthood. Our work is supported by foundations; federal, state and local government agencies; and by nonprofit organizations. 


National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement

Data collection for the QRIS Compendium and was supported in part by the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement.

Mathematica Policy Research

Mathematica Policy Research led the 2008-11 Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project (2008-2011) funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. As part of the QRS Assessment Project, Mathematica oversaw the development of the 2010 QRS Compendium through a sub-contract with Child Trends.


The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the first QRIS Compendium through the QRS Assessment Project from 2008 -2011. OPRE has provided federal leadership on QRIS research and evaluation and has supported numerous products offering descriptive and comparative analysis of QRIS components.