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Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium

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Do families with higher levels of awareness of QRIS have children in programs at higher levels of quality?

Data Elements

Class/Group

Quality Measures

Family

Identification
Parent Opinions, Preferences and Decision-Making about Early Care and Education

Program Site

Identification
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

General Analysis Recommendations

Use the data element Parent Knowledge of the QRIS and create two groups from the categories “Parent recognizes the name of the QRIS” and “Parent doesn’t recognize the QRIS name.” Parents and program sites should be connected through Family ID and Program Site ID. Use the data element QRIS Score to isolate those program sites with quality ratings at the highest levels. The number of levels that are considered high quality will depend on the state definitions. Divide the total number of parents in the category “Parent recognizes the name of the QRIS” who also have children served at program sites that are high quality by the total number of parents with data for the element Parent Knowledge of the QRIS. Perform this same operation for the other category and compare the percentages to see which is higher.

In the absence of a QRIS, other observational measures of quality (e.g. ERS, CLASS) can be used to determine which program sites are at the highest levels of quality. Using the example of the CLASS, the CLASS Average Score can be used to make designations of high quality although the specific cut-off points in making those determinations are left up to the state.