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QRIS Cost Estimation Model and Resource Guide

Published: November 8, 2012
Technical Assistance

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement, a service of the Office of Child Care’s Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN), supports State and Territory actvities by providing TA to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators, their partners, and other key stakeholders. The Quality Improvement Center specializes in topics such as Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), Licensing, Health and Safety, and Early Learning Guidelines and provides technical assistance through a variety of delivery methods. The Quality Improvement Center works in coordination and consultation with OCC and CCTAN partners to maximize and individualize TA for States and Territories.

National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement Resources

QRIS Resource Guide: The QRIS Resource Guide is intended as a tool for States and communities to explore key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). It includes chapters on each QRIS element with a question and answer format on the various aspects of planning and implementing a QRIS, profiles of each State’s QRIS, and descriptions of many successful state strategies.

National Program Standards Crosswalk: This tool is designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems, and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards (e.g., Head Start, accreditation, Caring for our Children).

Cost Estimation Model (CEM): The CEM is intended to be a guide, based on the best available data, to projecting the key elements and cost of implementing a QRIS in a State or community. The online tool is based on an earlier spreadsheet-based tool developed by Anne Mitchell.

Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC): This tool is a new, dynamic Web-based tool that calculates the cost of care by levels of quality based on site-level provider data. The tool can help state policymakers and child care providers understand the costs associated with delivering high-quality early care and education.

These resources and many others can also be reached by going to the Quality Improvement Center’s page on the CCTAN website.

Last Reviewed: September 15, 2015