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 Developed a Key QRIS Element

System planners in Miami-Dade County, Florida, created the Early Learning Career Center to raise the educational level and stability of staff prior to rolling out their QRIS. The Career Center administered scholarships for formal education, supplementing the state’s Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood Project funds; coordinated the WAGE$ incentive program; provided mobile career advisors to assist staff in QRIS programs to engage successfully in formal education; and maintained an online community training calendar. The professional development efforts were supported by a local registry that also served as a documentation repository for the staff qualifications component of the rating system.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Automation Helped Miami Manage the QRIS

Early childhood leaders in Miami, Florida, reported that the Web-Based Early Learning System (WELS) data platform made the Quality Counts QRIS stronger because the system offered 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 were  available in the aggregate as well as for a particular program. This information made it possible for planners to have the data they needed and, at the same time, for program managers to receive alerts when one of the centers they were working with was not making timely progress.