Month: July 2013

Latest Research: Accreditation and QRIS

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From the QRIS Network…

Many states include national program accreditation within their QRIS framework. However, states vary in how and to what degree accreditation is recognized. Research conducted on data from the Illinois Quality Counts QRS by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership examines the role of accreditation as an alternative pathway to quality in QRIS for center-based early childhood programs.

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership (2013, Winter). Accreditation as an Alternative Pathway to Quality in QRIS, Research Notes. Wheeling, IL: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National Louis University.

Research Notes, Accreditation as an Alternative Pathway to Quality in QRIS

Attending the BUILD conference, July 31 – Aug 2?

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If you are, and would like to learn more about WELS and see it in action, we will be attending and would be happy to provide a demo of WELS and the Provider Portal. Please contact Ana Sejeck, our COO at 305.495.9292 or email her at to set up a time for us to meet with you.

Our Newest Members to the WELS Family!- July 2013

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The Center on the Family (COF) is implementing a Quality Rating and Improvement System; a system of early childhood program evaluation, support, and technical assistance, with two long-term goals: a) to support early childhood care and education to create better outcomes for children, and b) to communicate with families and community the level of quality at various early childhood settings. The COF has selected WELS to create a web-based data collection and reporting system with the capability to collect and report process and outcome data, track program progress, provide a communication platform for all service partners, and facilitate the administrative workflow.

Bay Area

First 5 Alameda County, First 5 Contra Costa, First 5 San Francisco, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, and First 5 Santa Cruz County have joined together to plan and implement a regional Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) under the California Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) administered through the California Department of Education. In coming together, the counties aim for regional coordination and alignment of their systems for measuring program quality in early care and education (ECE) settings and delivering training and technical assistance to improve ECE program quality across the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. FIRST 5 Santa Clara and First 5 San Francisco have selected WELS Systems Foundation (WSF) to provide a secure, Web-based data system to host the QRIS data.

New Mexico

“FOCUS (on young children’s learning)” is New Mexico’s third generation Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS). Developed by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), the goal of FOCUS is to foster program leadership, cultivate teacher quality and support positive outcomes for all children. The FOCUS Pilot Project, using WELS provide a system for data collection, management and reporting to track young children’s development and progress as they are increasingly ready for school, and to measure the quality of and support positive outcomes for all children. The Pilot Project will become part of the longitudinal data system that is being established by the Children, Youth and Families Department (EPICS). Continuous quality improvement and leadership development are critical components of New Mexico’s new TQRIS, WELS will be providing consultation and professional development in the areas of both continuous quality improvement and leadership development.