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QRIS Resource Guide

Puerto Rico

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

Puerto Rico Undertakes 4 Phase Process in Development of QRIS

The development of the QRIS standards, known in Puerto Rico as the Pasitos instrument, was a rigorous process over two years and was divided into four phases. The first project year, October to September 2010, included Phase 1 (Development of the instrument) and 2 (Expert Evaluation). The second year, October to September 2011, covered Phase 3 (Pilot Study) and 4 (Development of Electronic Portal). PR staff worked with professors and graduate students at the University of Puerto Rico, as well as experts in early childhood education, in the development and evaluation of the tool.  The pilot study involved 100 early childhood education centers from child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, licensed private schools and kindergarten.  The electronic portal provides information to various audiences, e.g., schools, families, Council on Children, Administration for the Care and Development of Children, Department of Family, and the database stores all information collected and provides program reports. The Pasitos Instrument is divided into ten standards aligned to the standards of NAEYC Program Performance Standards, Head Start Content Standards, expectations of the Department of Education degree, regulations for the licensing and supervision of institutions for children, among others.  The instrument enables each program to highlight areas of strength and need. The data analysis is intended to help in making decisions in establishing an action plan aimed at strengthening the quality of services offered.

Approaches to Implementation

Puerto Rico Undertakes 4 Phase Process in Development of QRIS, Pasitos

The development of the QRIS Standards, known in PR as the Pasitos instrument, was a rigorous process over two years and was divided into four phases. During the first project year (October to September 2010) were Phases 1 (Development of the instrument) and 2 (Expert Evaluation). The second year (October to September 2011) were performed the tasks described in Phases 3 (Pilot study) and 4 (Development of Electronic Portal).

PR staff worked with professors and graduate students at the University of Puerto Rico, as well as experts in early childhood education, in the development and evaluation of the tool.  The pilot study involved 100 early childhood education centers from child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, licensed private schools and kindergarten.  The fourth and final phase was the creation of an electronic portal that provides information to various audiences (e.g., schools, families, Council on Children, Administration for the Care and Development of Children, Department of Family) and will serve as access to the database that will store all information collected and provide program reports.

The Pasitos Instrument is divided into ten standards aligned to the standards of NAEYC Program Performance Standards, Head Start Content Standards, expectations of the Department of Education degree, regulations for the licensing and supervision of institutions for children, among others.  The instrument enables each center or hall can highlight areas of strength and need. The data analysis is intended to help in making decisions to establish an action plan aimed at strengthening the quality of service offered.