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QRIS Resource Guide


In March 2010, the Quality Care Program, which is funded by Hawaii’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and administered by the University of Hawaii Center on the Family, was tasked to design a QRIS for licensed and registered child care programs in Hawaii.  A QRIS design proposal was submitted to DHS in June 2011. In February 2012, Hawaii began its implementation of a QRIS Pilot for DHS licensed and registered family child care homes, group child centers, and infant & toddler child care centers.  The QRIS Pilot emphasizes quality improvement as the primary purpose of the system. In support of the QRIS mission, the Samuel N. and Mary Castle foundation provides funding for quality improvement grants for center-based programs to support them to move toward achievement of their quality improvement goals in the QRIS pilot. In August 2013, applications were accepted for new programs to participate in Year 2 of the pilot. Changes to the QRIS were made based on feedback from programs that participated the first year.

Hawaii Contacts

Organization: Hawaii Department of Human Services, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Pilot

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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

Initial Design Process

Hawaii Pilot Produces Comprehensive Guidelines

Hawaii’s Department of Human Services partnered with the Center on the Family at the University of Hawaii to develop and implement the pilot of their QRIS. In so doing, they created a comprehensive set of guidelines and forms detailing their QRIS. Among the materials available on their website is their Quality Improvement and rating System (QIrS) Design Model, which includes background research, QIrS design, and stakeholder feedback on seven elements of their QRIS: assessment measures, rating, process, improvement, incentives and administration. Additional information is available at