The extent to which the State and the Participating State Agencies have developed and implemented, or have a High-Quality Plan to develop and implement, a system for rating, monitoring, and improving the quality of Early Learning and Development Programs participating in the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System by–
- Using a valid and reliable tool for monitoring, trained monitors whose results have a sufficient level of inter-rater reliability, and an appropriate frequency of monitoring and rating;
- Making program quality information and licensing history easily available to families selecting care, to families whose children are enrolled in programs, and to the public (including by posting any health and safety violations on a public website), in ways that are easy to understand, interpret, and use for decision-making; and
- Developing and implementing practices and policies that support and provide incentives for Early Learning and Development Programs to continuously improve (e.g., through training, technical assistance, financial rewards or incentives, higher subsidy reimbursement rates, compensation);
- Setting ambitious yet achievable targets for increasing the number and percentage of High-Need Children in Early Learning and Development Programs that-
- Participate in programs covered by the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System; and
- Participate in programs that are in the top tiers of the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System.