Quality initiative growth
1Florida has multiple QRIS operating on a county or local level.
As of fall 2019, 41 states plus DC had at least one quality initiative. There are 44 total initiatives with full QRIS profiles.
The first quality initiative began operating in 1997. Relatively few became operational each year following that until a jump in 2006 to 2008. The rise in the number of quality initiatives 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. Over the past five years, the growth of quality initiatives has slowed, with one or two systems being added each year.