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By Gail L. Zellman, Michal Perlman Perlman

Discusses the improvement and implementation of child-care caliber ranking and development structures (QRISs) in Oklahoma, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, providing suggestions for QRIS improvement and refinement.

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Appendix material includes the interview guide and an unpublished report of QRIS Consortium efforts to engage stakeholders. CHAPTER TWO Methods This study relied on in-depth interviews of key stakeholders involved with QRISs in five pioneer states. Notes from these discussions were analyzed to understand each system and to identify lessons learned about the design, implementation, and refinement of QRISs. Sampling of States States were selected from among the 14 states (as of January 2007) that had a statewide QRIS in place.

Elements of a Rating System Rating systems are designed to provide information about program quality in a format that, ideally, can be understood at a glance. All states include a number of components of quality, discussed below, which are combined in different ways to produce an overall quality rating. The pioneer states in our study use either a “star” system (in which the lowest ranking is 0 or 1 star) or, in the case of Ohio, a step system. The intention is to create an easily understood ranking system to help both parents and providers quickly distinguish among programs in terms of the quality of care they were providing at the time of the rating.

6 Summary of the Five Systems QRS Information Oklahoma Colorado North Carolina Pennsylvania Ohio System name Reaching for the Stars Qualistar Rating System Star Rated License Keystone STARS Step Up to Quality Year launched 1998 (with two levels) 1999 September 2000 2002 2006 (statewide) Did the QRIS No development process include a pilot phase? Yes (in practice) No, but gradual introduction Yes Yes; Pilot in nine counties from September 2005 through November 29, 2006. Has there been No executive or legislative action to support the QRIS?

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