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Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations

The Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations, published in 2010 by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation was the first compilation of data related to QRIS. 

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QRIS National Learning Network

The QRIS National Learning Network (NLN) is a coalition of states and other organizations formed to use rating and improvement strategies to improve children's development. The NLN provides resources related to the design and implementation of quality systems like QRIS for early care and education. 

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INQUIRE Data Toolkit

The INQUIRE Data Toolkit, developed by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children & Families, is an online resource that provides analytical recommendations and a comprehensive list of data elements needed to address policy and research questions related to quality initiatives and the early care and education of young children.

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QRIS Resource Guide

The QRIS Resource Guide is intended as a tool for States and communities to explore key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).

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QRIS Cost Estimation Model and Resource Guide

The QRIS Cost Estimation Model and QRIS Resource Guide are online quality rating and improvement resources provided by the Office of Child Care.

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National Standards Crosswalk Tool

This National Standards Crosswalk Tool is designed to help states that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems, and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards.

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Overview of

A video that provides a tour of the Quality Compendium website and demonstrates three ways you can use the Compendium to answer your questions about QRIS.

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Suggested Citation for

Suggested citation for

The Build Initiative & Child Trends. (2019). A Catalog and Comparison of Quality Initiatives (Data System). Retrieved from on [ENTER DATE].

View Data Dictionary

A data dictionary for downloads in spreadsheet format including the fields: data element name, category, definition, sub-elements, options, variable type, and the number of time the variable(s) repeats in the download.

View Data Tables

The attached file provides summary tables of data elements, or groups of data elements, using data, by state/locality. Tables are included for the following topics: participation by program type; participation by funding stream; number of rating levels; rating process features; length of time the rating is valid; process for the receipt of a rating level; automatic rating features; financial incentives; target populations for technical assistance; public awareness efforts; data collected; and incoporation of licensing for both centers and family child cares. 

View Master Data File (2014)

The attached file provides all state data from 2014.


Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families, a BUILD E-Book

The BUILD Initiative, with the help of many of the country’s early childhood leaders, has produced an E-Book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. Through this E-Book, they share learning from the initial implementation of the efforts, highlighting experience, trends, and reflections stemming from the significant contribution from the federal investment in this strategic work.

View this Resource Master Data File (2015)

A spreadsheet of all of the cleaned data from from 2015.

View Master Data File (2016)

A spreadsheet of all of the cleaned data from from 2016.


State Child Care Licensing Regulations -- Office of Child Care TA Network

A website from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care TA Network, to examine and compare states' child care licensing regulations.

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Vermont- Career Ladder


Vermont- Competencies for TA providers


Fact Sheets

A series of fact sheets about the state of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). Data are from a catalog of Quality Compendium data. Topics include: 

  • NEW - Continuous Quality Improvement in QRIS
  • NEW- Determining QRIS Ratings Using Cut Points on Observational Tools
  • NEW- QRIS Data Systems 
  • Curriculum and Child Assessment Indicators
  • Funding and Financial Incentives

  • History of QRIS Growth Over Time

  • Indicators of Quality for Ratings

  • Infants and Toddlers Addressed in QRIS

  • Mission and Goal Statements

  • Program Participation in QRIS

  • Rating Structures and Processes

  • Staff Qualifications, Professional Development, and Supports

  • Targeted Communities, Programs, and Children in QRIS

  • Technical Assistance

  • Use of Observational Tools in QRIS 

View this Resource Master Data File (2017)

A spreadsheet of all of the cleaned data from from 2017.


Quality Compendium Webinar: Getting the Most Out of the Data (February 26, 2020)

The BUILD Initiative and Child Trends hosted a webinar to share updates to the Quality Compendium, including new data, features of the website, and how quality improvement leaders use the data in their work.

Speakers included Debi Mathias, Kathryn Tout, Liz Bedrick, Simon Workman, and Char Goodreau.

View this Resource Master Data File (2019)

A spreadsheet of all of the cleaned data from from 2019.


2019 Participation Data Changes Spreadsheet

Data on program eligibility and participation in QRIS are among the most requested data elements by users of the Quality Compendium. These data are challenging to collect in ways that allow direct comparison across different states. For example, calculation of density of participation relies on using similar criteria across states for how the universe of eligible programs (the demoninator in density) is calculated and how the number of rated/participating programs (the numerator) is calculated. Child Trends identified challenges in interpreting the participation and density data from 2019. This spreadsheet documents data changes to produce more clear alignment across states. If you are interested in how the state originally intended to present their data, this spreadsheet provides a look at the data as states entered it. Note that this spreadsheet does not include all of the data presented on the Compendium website. To view the complete database, please refer to the 2019 Master Dataset linked on


2019 Technical Assistance Data Changes Spreadsheet

An error in the 2019 data collection process resulted in a loss of data from the technical assistance (TA) focus section of the QRIS profiles, specifically on the data element related to TA focused on infants and toddlers. The data showed that 15 state respondents had changed their answer from "yes" in 2017 to "no" in 2019, which Child Trends identified as unlikely. Child Trends used the 2017 data to manually change those states' 2019 responses from "no" to "yes." To view the complete database, please refer to the 2019 Master Dataset linked on