The Massachusetts QRIS Standards were developed for all programs and educators serving children and youth across the Commonwealth's mixed delivery system. The Massachusetts' Licensing Regulations serve as a solid foundation, for a set of well-developed QRIS Standards, that are based on child development, early education and after school program quality research. To address the unique characteristics of quality found in different types of programs, the QRIS Standards have been customized for Center Based / School Based programs, Family Child Care, and After School Programs / Out of School Time programs.

The Massachusetts QRIS Standards outline key indicators of quality and are presented in five primary categories. Three of the categories encompass sub-categories.

  1. Curriculum and Learning
  2. Safe, Healthy Indoor and Outdoor Environments
  3. Workforce Development and Professional Qualifications
  4. Family and Community Engagement
  5. Leadership, Administration and Management

The QRIS Standards are presently expressed in terms of Levels, which correspond to a QRIS rating. The levels are organized in a series of blocks that outline the indicators for quality within each category. Thus, programs must demonstrate that they can meet all of the criteria in all of the categories in Level 1 to obtain a Level 1 rating, before they can qualify for Level 2 rating, and so on up the levels. Currently there are four QRIS levels, EEC plans to develop a fifth level that links high quality education and care with positive developmental and educational outcomes for children and youth.

Standards Documents

Invitation to Focus Groups on QRIS Standards Revision and Corrected Dates (Effective 10/24)

The Department of Early Education and Care is currently revising the MA QRIS standards as a means of improving the system. Researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) are assisting with this process. As a first step, researchers from WCW are hosting a series of regional meetings to gather feedback about the QRIS Validation Study. At these meetings, WCW will present the findings from the MA Validation Study and recommendations for modifications. Recommendations from the field will help EEC to strengthen and refine the system. As such, these meetings are an opportunity for EEC to gather public feedback in reaction to the study findings and potential modifications. The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Region 1:
Wednesday November 2, 2016
Amherst Public Library
43 Amity Street Amherst MA
6:15PM-8:15 PM
Room: Woodbury Room

Region 2:
Friday November 4, 2016
Worcester Public Library
Worcester Public Library (Main Library)
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA
10:30AM-12:30 PM
Room: Saxe Room

Region 3:
Friday November 4, 2016
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main St, Haverhill, MA 01830
2:30PM-4:30 PM
Room: Auditorium

Monday November, 14, 2016
Lawrence Public Library
51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA
6:00PM-8:00 PM
Room: Auditorium

Region 5:
Thursday, November 17, 2016 (This is a reschedule from 11/7)
Plymouth Public Library (Main Library)
132 South Street, Plymouth, MA
10:30AM-12:30 PM
Room: Fehlow Room

Region 6:
Thursday, November 17, 2016 (This is a reschedule from 11/14)
Quincy Public Library
40 Washington St. Quincy, MA
4:00PM-6:00 PM
Room: Public Meeting Room 

Registration is not required to attend. If you have any questions about these meetings, please contact Amy Whitehead-Pleaux at EEC  looks forward to your comments and feedback.