The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) formally began developing a QRIS during the spring of 2007, and launched a QRIS Pilot in March 2010. During the fall of 2010, EEC revised the QRIS Provisional standards based on feedback from QRIS Pilot participants, interested stakeholders, and an outside evaluation of the QRIS. Members of the early education and care and out of school time field were key partners in the initial design phase of the development of the system, in facilitating the development, concept and scope of the original drafts of standards and revision process.

On December 14, 2010, the EEC Board approved the QRIS Standards unanimously. The updated QRIS standards have a strong link to evidence based research and are more streamlined. Highlights of the QRIS key activities and related information pertaining to the development of the MA QRIS System to date, is offered below.

QRIS Research & Evaluation Studies

EEC worked with an Evaluator to gather data regarding the evidence base of each QRIS Standard and documentation requirement and engaging Pilot participants and interested stakeholders in providing feedback regarding the Provisional Standards (September - December 2010) and other key components of the FY2010 Provisional System.