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General QRIS Glossary Terms

Definitions for commonly used QRIS words and phrases.

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Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

A QRIS is “a method to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education settings” (Mitchell, 2005, p. 4). QRIS can exist on a spectrum in terms of their development and implementation and can operate statewide or in a local area. A fully functioning QRIS, however, includes the following components: (1) quality standards for programs and practitioners, (2) supports an infrastructure to meet such standards, (3) monitoring and accountability systems to ensure compliance with quality standards, (4) ongoing financial assistance that is linked to meeting quality standards, and (5) engagement and outreach strategies (Child Trends, 2009). By participating in their State’s QRIS, early and school-age care providers embark on a path of continuous quality improvement.