Quality Rating & Improvement Systems

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are standards-based frameworks widely used by states to improve the quality of early care and education programs and to enhance the developmental outcomes of young children.  QRIS typically consist of three sets of standards: early learning standards, practitioner standards, and program standards.  When these sets of standards are integrated and aligned, QRIS are most effective.


The McCormick Center is here to support your state-wide efforts to raise the bar of quality in early care and education.

We’ll work with your state leaders to bring leadership and management expertise to the development of two sets of standards embedded in statewide QRIS:

  • Practitioner standards relating to the core knowledge and competencies of early childhood administrators and family child care providers.
  • Program standards relating to administrative best practices in center-based, home-based, and school-based early care and education programs

The McCormick Center has experience working with a range of QRIS and can support the unique needs of your state.

LEARN MORE about our QRIS work within our home state of Illinois.
LEARN MORE about our QRIS work across the country.

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