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The Quality Compendium
The 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 Quality Compendium and is a comprehensive resource for administrators, policy makers, researchers, technical assistance providers and others for information about all of the Quality Initiatives operating in the US and its territories. Features of the Quality 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 Quality Initiative data elements; and useful analysis of some of the key facts about Quality Initiatives.


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.



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. 


The Foundation of the QRIS Compendium was the 2008-2011 Quality Rating Systems (QRS) Assessment Project. This project was funded by The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mathematica Policy Research led the QRS Assessment Project and oversaw the development of the first 2010 QRS Compendium through a sub-contract with Child Trends.