Florida

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

Provider Incentives and Support

Early Care and Education Professionals in Miami-Dade County Develop a Key QRIS Element

System planners in Miami-Dade County, Florida, created the Quality Counts Career Center (QCCC) to raise the educational level and stability of staff prior to rolling out their QRIS. QCCC administers scholarships for formal education, supplementing the State’s Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Project funds; coordinates the WAGE$ incentive program; provides mobile Career Advisors to assist staff in QRIS programs to engage successfully in formal education; and maintains an online community training calendar. The professional development efforts are supported by a local registry that also serves as a documentation repository for the staff qualifications component of the rating system. Additional information is available at http://www.QCcareers.org.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Automation Helps Miami Manage the QRIS

Early childhood leaders in Miami, Florida, report that their Web-Based Early Learning System (WELS) makes the Quality Counts QRIS stronger because the system offers real-time feedback on participation, classroom profiles and assessments, professional development, technical assistance, coaching and mentoring, and other essential data for a wide range of purposes. Data are available in the aggregate, as well as for a particular program. This information makes it possible for planners to have the data they need and, at the same time, for program managers to receive alerts when one of the centers they are working with is not making timely progress. Additional information on the Quality Counts Portal is available at https://miamiqualitycounts.org/.   Additional information about WELS is available at http://www.welsfoundation.org/about_wels.html.