National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement

 The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement provides technical assistance to support Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State and Territory grantees, helping them develop and enhance quality improvement initiatives. These include quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS.) QRIS are built on a foundation of strengthening licensing and health and safety standards. Expert staff members work with CCDF grantees to help them reach their State and Territory plan quality goals. They also identify and share research-based promising practices. In addition the center staff work with Child Care Technical Assistance Network Partner staff and Office of Head Start personnel to address early childhood-related cross-sector system issues and to identify knowledge gaps and leading-edge questions. Many useful reports are available on this national center's website. Reports include use of quality improvement approaches, state-by-state data of child:staff ratios and teacher/caregiver qualifications, and numbers of licensed center and family hild care facilities. Another example of their work is the cross-walk tool that compares by topic  the standards for accreditation, Head Start, Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition health and safety standards, and Department of Defense. The cross-walk is intended to enable users to foster common approaches and diminish the burden of conforming with differing requirements.  1/2014