The QRIS Toolbox includes resources to help programs and providers with their QRIS applications. For each program type, EEC has provided the QRIS Standards with guidance, a Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP) and guidance document, a checklist with all QRIS requirements for each Level, and Environment Rating Scales resources.
- QRIS Toolbox for Center Based/School Based Programs
- QRIS Toolbox for Family Child Care Programs
- QRIS Toolbox for After School/Out-of-School Time Programs
QRIS Measurement Tools
All programs participating in QRIS are required to use QRIS Measurement tools at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 as part of their QRIS self-assessment process. These QRIS Measurement tools are used to effectively measure process quality indicators(teacher-child interactions) and structural quality indicators (program administration & leadership) consistently. The links below provide additional information about the QRIS Measurement Tools used by each of the QRIS Program Types.
- Complete List of QRIS Measurement Tools and related links
- Center-based / School-based Programs QRIS Measurement Tools
- Family Child Care QRIS Measurement Tools
- After School and Out of School Time QRIS Measurement Tools
QRIS Program Manager (QPM) User Guides and Instructions
These documents outline the QRIS Standards, measurement methods, documentation types and titles that can be used to assist programs in responding to questions in the QRIS Program Manager Online QRIS Application and Self Assessment (These documents are only for reference).
- How to Access QRIS Program Manager.
- Information for FCC Systems to Receive Consent from FCC to assist with QRIS Application process
- EEC QRIS Program Manager User Guide
- Instructions for copying your QRIS application with a status of QRIS Rating Granted
QRIS Documentation Resources
These resources offer additional information about QRIS documentation expectations as related to the QRIS Standards and criteria to assist programs in responding to questions in the QRIS Program Manager Online QRIS Application and Self Assessment.
- Quick Guide to QRIS Self-Assessment and Documentation Submission
- Requesting a QRIS Exemption
- QRIS Professional Development Fact Sheet
Resources for Public School Early Education Programs
Early education programs operating in public school settings that serve infants, toddlers and/or preschool children, and are not licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, must complete and submit:
- the QRIS Level 1 Self-Assessment for Public School Early Education Programs
- the Continuous Quality Improvement Plan(CQIP) if any of the identified criteria are not met, and
- a copy of the agreement form signed by the program director AND the school principal or superintendent
- QRIS Level 1 self-assessment and agreement for public school programs
Child Assessment Training
Through a grant from EEC, The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) provides statewide training and technical assistance in early childhood assessment and screening aligned with the MA Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) to early childhood and out-of-school time professionals and educators in EEC’s mixed-delivery system. To find and register for training's, go to http://www.collaborative.org/programs/early-childhood/assessment-responsive-teaching.
QRIS Measurement Tools Training
Through a grant from EEC, The Institute of Education and Professional Development (IEPD), a program of Child Development and Education, Inc. (CDE), provides statewide support and training on how to use research-based measurement tools used in the MA-QRIS to evaluate their program, as well as implement program improvement efforts. Programs and educators participating in the MA-QRIS can view the training opportunities for their region at their website at www.cdedu.us/QRIS.
Strengthening Families Training
Strengthening Families: Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work: A Resource for Action
This training, developed through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and builds on earlier work of the Alliance, state children’s trust and prevention funds and their partners and the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council, includes new materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to help families build protective factors and provide safe and caring homes for their children. It incorporates a strengths-based approach and is useful for anyone whose work touches the lives of families, as well as for parents who are interested in knowing more about these issues. It is simple to sign up for the course and all the content is available free of charge. To sign up, you may go to the Alliance website at http://www.ctfalliance.org/onlinetraining.htm and click on the link in the left column that says “Go to the online training course.”
Additional information about the course may be found on the document below.