Idaho

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

Standards and Criteria

Idaho Incorporates Strengthening Families into QRIS

Strengthening Families is a parent engagement and child abuse and neglect prevention framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy that capitalizes on the unique relationship between child care providers and the parents of the children in their care.  Based on recognizing and promoting families’ strengths, rather than identifying risk factors, the Strengthening Families framework helps families to develop the five “protective factors” proven to reduce child abuse and neglect and promote optimal child outcomes: social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, parental resilience, and healthy social and emotional development. Facilities participating in the IdahoSTARS QRIS earn points toward their composite STAR rating by taking Strengthening Families training and by implementing the framework in their workplace.  Thirty IdahoSTARS approved trainers offer a robust schedule of training opportunities:  the 8-module, 17-hour basic trainings, seven intermediate level trainings, and five Essential Trainings that are embedded in the QRIS. Implementation is measured by documentation of social and educational events for parents, volunteer opportunities, parent work group activities, a system of emergency support, completion of the Strengthening Families self-assessment, and a corresponding action plan. Additional information is available at http://idahostars.org/?q=qris.