Our Newest Members to the WELS Family!- July 2013

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Hawaii

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.

http://uhfamily.hawaii.edu/projects/qualitycare/home.aspx

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.

http://www.first5kids.org/bay

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.

https://www.newmexicokids.org/content/caregivers_and_educators/focus/

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