Massachusetts is in the process of updating the FY2010 Provisional Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for FY2011. During the spring of 2010, EEC began piloting the Massachusetts QRIS and expects to have revised Standards of quality, which are the foundation of the QRIS, for use in the FY2011 QRIS system by January 2011, after holding focus groups with pilot programs and receiving recommendations from an evaluator which will be hired to document the research base for each Standard.


Through this ARRA initiative, EEC is hoping to select a vendor to fulfill the following three priorities:

  1. Monitor (fiscal/programmatic) a random sample of at least 15% (100) of FY2010 QRIS Program Quality Improvement Grantees to ensure funding was utilized appropriately.
  2. Train early education and care and after school providers focused on best practices for advancing to the next level(s) on the QRIS.
  3. Award grant funding and provide on-going technical assistance to early education and care and after school programs that receive FY2011 QRIS grant funding.


It is the goal of this initiative, that within 18 months of receiving grant funds, participating programs will advance at least one level on the QRIS in order to eventually realize greater outcomes for children regarding increased skills across all domains and improved levels of school readiness.


EEC anticipates selecting one statewide vendor able to provide services to the entire Commonwealth with expertise in providing or coordinating fiscal/programmatic monitoring, training and dissemination of large scale grants to early education and care and after school programs.


Interested applicants should read the RFP below for all requirements of this grant and use the forms below to appropriately fulfill those requirements.

FY11 QRIS Program Quality Improvement RFP doc format of 20100716_FY11qris_rfp.doc

Budget Form QRIS FY11 xls format of 20100716_budget_form_qris_FY11.xls

Budget Form QRIS FY12 xls format of 20100716_budget_form_qris_FY12.xls

Important ARRA Information for Review pdf format of arra_infostrategic_planningrfp.pdf

Q&A FY2011/12 QRIS Program Quality Improvement Grant doc format of fy11_qaarra_qris.doc

RFP for Translation Services doc format of 20101029_rfp4translation_services.doc

Cover Letter for Translation Services RFP doc format of 20101029_rfp4translation_cover.doc

Applicants must also complete and submit one original packet of the following forms with their RFP response (unless applicant already has these documents on file with the Commonwealth of MA):

Note: EEC intends to award the FY2011/12 QRIS Program Quality Improvement Grant to Wheelock College, which is the proposal that scored the highest of all applications submitted to EEC. The award is subject to the successful negotiation of grant terms and conditions.

Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care . Created: July 16, 2010. Updated: October 29, 2010