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QRIS Resource Guide

Mississippi

Quality Stars is Mississippi’s tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. It was developed by the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development (DECCD) of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The Early Childhood Institute receives a grant from DECCD to administer Quality Stars. Participation in Quality Stars is voluntary for licensed child care centers. 

Mississippi Contacts

QRIS Name: Mississippi Child Care Quality Stars

Organization: Division of Early Childhood Care and Development of the Department of Human Services

Web Site: http://www.earlychildhood.msstate.edu/programs/qualitystars/index.php

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

Multiyear Rollout of Mississippi System

The Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System used a 4-year pilot phase for its program and implemented it in cohorts as it expanded across the State. During the pilot phase, 80 centers volunteered to be rated. Of those, 78 percent earned 1-Star ratings and 15 percent earned 2-Star ratings. Three centers earned a 3-Star and one center earned a 5-Star rating. Enrollment more than doubled each year during the pilot phase of the system, with 31 centers in the first cohort, 66 centers in the second, and 153 centers in the third. Thirty-six percent of child care centers are participating.  The Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute provided technical assistance during the development and implementation of the system and continues to enroll and rate centers. Additional information is available at http://earlychildhood.msstate.edu/programs/qualitystars/.

Standards and Criteria

Mississippi's Early Learning Guidelines Implemented in Rated Programs

Mississippi’s Child Care Quality Step System standards on learning environments include references to the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines. In step 3, the director is trained on how to use the early learning guidelines; in step 4, all teaching staff have been trained. At the highest level, step 5, the early learning guidelines are fully implemented in all 3- and 4-year-old classrooms. Additional information is available at http://earlychildhood.msstate.edu/resources/curriculumforthree/index.php.

Mississippi's Early Learning Guidelines Implemented in Rated Programs

Mississippi’s Child Care Quality Step System standards on learning environments include references to the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines. In step 3, the director is trained on how to use the early learning guidelines; in step 4, all teaching staff have been trained. At the highest level, step 5, the early learning guidelines are fully implemented in all 3- and 4-year-old classrooms. Additional information is available at http://earlychildhood.msstate.edu/resources/curriculumforthree/index.php    

Provider Incentives and Support

Mississippi Provider Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to QRIS

The Mississippi Department of Human Services’ (MDHS) Division of Early Childhood Care and Development contracted with the Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute to develop easy-to-read manuals for meeting the Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System standards. The Institute publishes manuals for licensed centers and school-based programs. The workbooks include overviews of the rating system's standards, criteria and documentation checklists for each rating level, enrollment forms, and many templates and forms to help providers meet and document the quality improvement requirements. MDHS sponsors publication of print editions for all programs that enroll in the rating system; online editions are available at no charge. The forms include staff professional development plans, a director/coordinator self-assessment, a staff evaluation, a program mentor record, a classroom learning centers plan, a weekly lesson plan, and a Transition-to-Kindergarten Plan. The complete workbooks are available at http://earlychildhood.msstate.edu/programs/qualitystars/earnyourstars/index.php.