Researchers conceptualized quality and how it was measured in five Child Care Quality, Rating, and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Researchers identified explanations for the variations in these approaches.
There is greater consistency in environment rating scales than in the procedures for gathering evidence on other quality components or calculating ratings. Among the five systems studied, there was generally greater consistency in the definitions of quality components at the highest rating levels than at the baseline levels. These standards overlap with recommendations of accrediting organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Report Title: Defining and Measuring Quality: An In-Depth Study of Five Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_quality/five_childcare/five_childcare.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research
Record ID: 9789 (Report completed August 15, 2011)