Month: January 2013

Another New Technical Assistance Resource From

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Considerations for an efficient, inclusive and implementable Quality Rating and
Improvement System  by Anne Mitchell

For anyone who is developing a QRIS, revising a QRIS or responsible for  an existing
QRIS, this paper is a must-read in thinking strategically and critically in structuring
different elements of a QRIS.

Click here to read more.

From the National Center for Children in Poverty: Practices for Promoting Young Children’s Learning in QRIS Standards

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About half of statewide Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) refer to the state’s
Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs), most often in standards that require staff training
in how to implement ELGs or the use of a curriculum or learning activities aligned
with ELGs. This brief provides a further examination of the strength of supports
for children’s early learning in QRIS standards and an analysis of QRIS standards.

To read the full report, click here.

Seamless Intergration with other QRIS Data Providers

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WELS delivers single sign-on technologies for its QRIS Portal. One of the challenges
of inter-connected web apps is the number of user names and passwords providers
need to remember. We are working on a set of standards to allow seamless integration
with other websites needed during the QRIS self-assessment process.

We have developed an open interface for authentication that support passing our
secured credentials to other websites like registries and assessment data collectors.
In this interface, a user simply clicks on a link and WELS sends them to the other
website using a secure protocol.  The linked website accepts WELS’ credentials for
the user and grants access accordingly.

This simplifies the providers’ online experience when applying for QRIS or submitting
self-assessments through the WELS Provider and Parent Portal.

And our method works across homogenous Web platforms. We can work with Windows,
Linux, Apple, Oracle, and IBM application servers.  By using open standards, our
solution is very easy to implement by other vendors and proprietary systems.

WELS portal

Staff Spotlight: Ana Sejeck

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Ana Sejeck has recently joined the WELS Systems Foundation as its COO. Ana Sejeck
is going to focus on the administrative side of the WELS Systems Foundation. She
will also support both the marketing and sales aspects for our future prospects.

Previously, she was the COO of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation for over
13 years. The foundation’s work focuses on providing parents and caregivers with
information and supports so children are ready for first grade. In that position,
Ana was the program director for the Kellogg Foundation-funded program SPARK – a
longitudinal study of 1,600 children and their families being followed from age
3 to second grade. She led the Ready Schools Miami work which involved multiple
community partners and the work of improving quality throughout Miami-Dade County
in early care and education centers and elementary schools. Both projects focused
on improving child outcomes.

She also brings her experience from working on Wall Street for both PaineWebber
and Smith Barney, as well as Knight Ridder and The Miami Herald. She is a trustee
of the board for United Way of Miami-Dade.

She lives in Miami with her husband David, a high school English teacher. She is
the mother of 5 children and has four magnificent and brilliant grandchildren.

Partner Spotlight: Washington Early Achievers

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After a two year field test of their quality rating and improvement system, The
Department of Early Learning (DEL) received a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation to develop a QRIS data system that supported our goals of collecting
facility level assessment data but also allowed for comprehensive system analysis
by tracking and storing statewide QRIS data at all levels including coaching data,
quality improvement goals and milestones and incentive allocation.  This was identified
as a crucial step toward statewide expansion and following a competitive bidding
process,  DEL determined that WELS most closely met our needs and incredibly ambitious

DEL is in the first stages of collecting facility data at the local/regional level
and entering assessment data into the WELS system for Early Achievers, Washington
State’s QRIS . System partners across the state have received comprehensive training
and are beginning to use it in real time after months of development and testing.
Participants who have completed their Early Achievers Registration and have started
the process of working on subsequent activities are also interfacing with the system
for the first time as they begin working on their facility self-assessments.  It
was a great benefit to have a data system that could be modified to meet the specific
needs of our program.

To learn more about Early Achievers, visit their website.