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Growth over time

As of fall 2021, 41 states plus DC had at least one fully-developed QIS. There are 45 total initiatives with full QIS profiles. Florida has multiple QIS operating on a county or local level.

The first QIS began operating in 1997. Relatively few became operational during each subsequent year until a jump between 2006 to 2008. The rise in the number of QIS since can be attributed in part to the federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program, which started in 2011 and includes participation rates as a performance metric.

The chart depicts the growth in the number of QIS in the nation from 1997 to 2019. Hover over each bar for additional details.