Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) has gained national momentum. The authors first present a national scene of QRIS and then use Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County as a case study to illustrate a number of things. First, they look at the logic model behind the QRIS. Next, they review the design and implementation of the QRIS in the context of partnership and systems thinking. Finally, they provide an evaluation design and findings. The book is useful for policy makers, administrators of early and education at various levels, researchers, and others who seek to improve early care and education.
Dr. Jianping Shen is the John E. Sandberg Professor of Education and currently the Gwen Frostic Endowed Chair for Research and Innovation at Western Michigan University. Dr. Xin Ma is Professor of Education Statistics and Mathematics Education in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology and the Department of STEM Education at the University of Kentucky.
Contents: Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: An Overview - Issues in Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems - The Quality Improvement System in Palm Beach County: A Brief Introduction - The Design of the Quality Improvement System - The Implementation of the Quality Improvement System - Participation in and Reflection on Palm Beach County's Quality Improvement System: Perspectives from Practitioners - Effects of Quality Improvement System on Early Childhood Education Practitioners - Effects of Quality Improvement System on Child Care Centers - Effects of Quality Improvement System on Childcare Sites' Performance in School Readiness - Important Learnings from Evaluating the Quality Improvement System in Palm Beach County.