(C)(2) Promoting Participation in the State's Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System

The extent to which the State has maximized, or has a High-Quality Plan to maximize, participation in the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System by –

  1. Implementing effective policies and practices to reach the goal of all publicly funded Early Learning and Development Programs participating in such a system, including programs in each of the following categories--
    1. State-funded Early Learning and Development Programs;
    2. Early Head Start and Head Start programs;
    3. Early Learning and Development Programs funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C, and Part B Section 619;
    4. Early Learning and Development Programs funded under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and
    5. Early Learning and Development Programs receiving funds from the State's CCDF program;
  2. Implementing effective policies and practices toward the goal of increasing the number and share of High-Need Children in Early Learning and Development Programs that are a part of such a system;
  3. Setting ambitious yet achievable numbers and percentages of Early Learning and Development Programs and that participate in the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System by type of Early Learning and Development Program (as listed in (C)(2)(a) (i) through (v) above); and
  4. Providing supports to help working families with High-Need Children access high-quality Early Learning and Development Programs that meet their needs (e.g., providing full-day, full-year programs, transportation, meals, and family support services).

Comments

We recommend requiring States to seek input from working families with High-Need Children about the kinds of assistance they need to access high quality Early Learning and Development Programs. This can be done at the program and State level, for example, by conducting parent surveys or hosting parent dialogues, requiring parent representatives on program’s board of directors, State governance bodies, etc.

Signed,
Frank Farrow, Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Judy Langford, Senior Fellow and Director, Strengthening Families Initiative, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Teresa Rafael, Executive Director, National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds

On behalf of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services: While we support the improvement in quality of all early learning and development programs, we request clarification and specific examples of how some of the referenced programs would participate in a QRIS system (particularly, those involving in-home services or services in community settings). For example, the State is unsure of how therapy services provided by individual providers in homes or community settings to infants and toddlers under Part C of IDEA would participate in a QRIS system. The Administration should either provide examples of how all of the referenced programs would participate in a QRIS system, or modify the definitions and criteria to clarify that not all of the referenced programs are appropriate for inclusion in a QRIS system.