EEC has revised the QRIS standards based on feedback from QRIS Pilot participants, interested stakeholders, and an outside evaluation of the QRIS.. The updated QRIS standards have a strong link to evidence based research, are more streamlined and less duplicative of standards that previously overlapped with licensing regulations.

Members of the early education and care and out of school time field were key partners in facilitating the revisions to the QRIS standards. Over 500 stakeholders provided feedback at regional forums, participated in interviews, focus groups, and conference calls. In addition 775 individuals offered feedback via a survey.

On December 14, 2010, the QRIS Standards were presented to the EEC Board for discussion and vote, and were approved unanimously. Please find the QRIS Standards for Center and School Based Programs, Family Child Care and After School/ Out of School Time Programs below. EEC anticipates releasing updates to the Quality Rating and Improvement System, which includes the recently approved QRIS Standards in January 2011.


The Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System Standards

Center and School Based PDF 12/14/2010

Family Child Care PDF 12/14/2010

After School and Out of School Time PDF 12/14/2010


For additional information about the QRIS provisional Standards revision process

Presentation: QRIS Provisional Standards Revision Process PDF (presented November 30, 2010)

This presentation includes information about the revision process, how the QRIS standards reflect research, evidence and best practice, and describes how the revised standards are measured (documentation).


Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care . Created: November 8, 2010. Updated: December 15, 2010.