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

Center and School Based QRIS Standards pdf format of Center and School Based QRIS Standards

QRIS Revised Standards pdf format of QRIS Revised Standards file size 1MB docx format of QRIS Revised Standards

For use by center based and school based programs, including non-licensable and license-exempt center based programs (i.e. public school preschools, Montessori schools, or faith based affiliated programs serving infants, toddlers, preschool-age children).

Family Child Care Standards pdf format of Family Child Care Standards

Also available: Chinese, Haitian, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish

After School and Out of School Time pdf format of After School and Out of School Time

For use by After School and Out of School time programs, serving school -age children and youth (kindergarten and up) outside of the hours of the regular school day. Programs may be located on public school premises.