How States Include Infant and Toddler Quality Indicators using QRIS
This factsheet provides an overview of infant/toddler quality indicators in states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) define standards for incremental levels of quality across a range of categories, and establish systems for rating and improving quality child care for all children. The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative reviewed 24 QRIS1 to identify States that explicitly include infant/toddler (I/T) quality indictors. The review did not include State licensing and accreditation requirements, so I/T indicators that are reflected in these regulations are not included in this fact sheet.
This fact sheet is intended to highlight QRIS that include specific I/T indicators to promote discussions as States, Territories and Tribes begin to develop, revise, and implement QRIS for quality I/T care.
This table summarizes state examples of inclusion of infant/toddler quality indicators in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.
This paper offers suggestions for the inclusion of quality indicators for infants and toddlers within Quality Rating and Improvement Systems being implemented in states, tribes, and territories.