Mission and goals
Forty-three quality initiatives include information on their goals and mission. A focus on improving the quality and recognition of early childhood education (ECE) programs was the most common theme across mission statements, with all (100%) initiatives including language on this theme. The second most common theme (60%) was facilitating parent and public awareness. A little less than a third of initiatives included a statement about supporting children's healthy development and school readiness (30%) or about access to high quality care (28%). Under a quarter of quality initiatives included language in their goals and mission on improving the education and training of the ECE workforce (20%).
Of the forty-three quality initiatives with mission and goal statements, thirty-seven of them touch on more than one of the above themes. For example, North Carolina's mission and goals include the themes: quality improvement, access, and awareness. "The system was created to improve the quality of all early learning settings in North Carolina. To improve the quality of care available to families. To help consumers make informed decisions about child care and to better understand the impact of quality care on child growth and development."
Additionally, Washington's mission and goals touch upon 4 of the 5 common themes among QRIS. "Early Achievers is Washington's quality framework designed to promote positive child outcomes for all early learning settings. The objective of Early Achievers is to improve short- and long-term outcomes for children via a common set of expectations and standards that define, measure, and improve the quality of early learning. Early Achievers will provide parents with clear and easily accessible information about the quality of child care and early education programs, and reduce the disparity in terms of access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all children."