Back in 2009.

The Build Initiative  has made a priority in working to ensure that issues of equity and diversity are addressed within all early childhood systems development work.  BUILD has released a series of briefs that focus on how QRIS  strengthen and advance  issues of equity and diversity within QRIS rating components that are more culturally and linguistically competent and relevant. One of the briefs, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for a Multi-Ethnic Society,written by Charles Bruner with Aisha Ray, Michelle Stover Wright and Abby Copeman, was to  based on the following questions:

  • Why it is important to include cultural and linguistic responsiveness and anti-bias programming as aspects of early learning quality;
  • A content-analysis of common QRIS components with respect to how they include issues of diversity and support for English-language learners;       
  • How states have included these issues in QRIS planning and development; and        
“As states mature in their QRIS development and implementation, QRIS are increasingly being seen as a framework for a larger early childhood system. Within this framework, QRIS define program/classroom quality and align these standards of quality to other system components. A QRIS can serve as a powerful driver of needed improvements in professional development, quality improvement interventions and funding for early care and education. These and other state and community policies and practices can be aligned with the quality standards contained within a QRIS, promoting broader systemic changes along with improvements in program quality. Therefore, ensuring that QRIS place value on including issues of race, language and culture has importance to the cultural and language responsiveness of the larger system.”
Sixteen states with QRIS were interviewed to determine to what extent QRIS indicators for program quality supported race, language, or culture  indicators.  There were three states – New Mexico, Indiana, and Pennsylvania that included  language, culture, or race within components or subscales of their QRIS.
To read the QRIS indicators developed by New Mexico and learn more about opportunities for QRIS to address diversity and multi-culturalism, please visit BUILD’s website:
Three additional resources from BUILD on QRIS, diversity and equity that are worth reading:
  1. Crafting Early Learning Standards for a Multi-Ethnic Society: Lessons Learned from Washington and Alaska  
  2. Constructing Culturally Competent Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: A Conversation       
  3. Developing a Diverse and Skilled Workforce: Lessons from the New Jersey Abbott Preschool Experience

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