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QRIS Resource Guide


Alabama began the process for creation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) in 2009 by convening a large group of stakeholders in a QRIS Steering Committee. The Steering Committee has developed Alabama Quality STARS Quality Rating and Improvement System. The pilot of Alabama Quality STARS began in July 2013. The Alabama Quality STARS will recognize and provide incentives to providers that reach higher levels of quality. Five stars will indicate the highest level of quality.

Alabama Contacts

Organization: Alabama Department of Human Resources, Child Care Services Division

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QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Approaches to Implementation

Alabama Pilots Quality STARS

Alabama worked with a state level stakeholders group for a little over three years to develop a five star rating system for child care centers.  In October 2013, Alabama launched an eight month pilot which is being conducted by the University of Alabama, with 50 participating centers who meet the licensing requirements.  Ratings will be given in the form of feedback to the participating centers with focus groups to assess the effectiveness of the new system.  The ratings will be based on information submitted by the center and two onsite assessments:  The first is a three to four hour assessment of the center’s leadership and management practices using the PAS assessment and the second is an ERS assessment of randomly selected classrooms.  After the pilot, when Quality STARS goes live, programs who volunteer to participate will receive ratings that are good for three years.