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 well-developed 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.