Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts Develops Online Courses in Multiple Languages

The Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) developed an online fundamentals course on QRIS in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Khmer, and Portuguese) for providers. This course is designed to introduce early education and out-of-school-time educators to the Massachusetts QRIS so that they become familiar with and participate in QRIS. The first 2-hour course module introduces the QRIS and explores the current science of brain development. The next four modules introduce the five categories of the QRIS standards and the tools that measure process and structural quality indicators. The final module covers how to apply this knowledge to an early education or out-of-school-time program to identify areas for program improvement. More than 1,500 educators have accessed the course since its launch. In addition to the fundamentals course, DEEC has begun to develop QRIS Technical Assistance Courses. The modules will provide in-depth knowledge in and strategies for QRIS content areas and standards, be easily accessible to professionals currently working in the field, and be translated into Spanish.

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Creates Simple Guide

To assist with the QRIS application process a 2-page guide with the step-by-step process, examples of assessment tools, and illustrative graphics were developed and posted on the Web site along with other resources. Additional information is available at http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs1/qris/20110525_qris_assessment_guide.pdf.

In addition, Massachusetts also offers support to providers new to the QRIS with the following supports:

  • Orientation sessions in the five regional offices following Licensing Renewal meetings;
  • Trainings on QRIS with Educator/Provider support grantees;
  • Trainings on all of the measurement tools required for the QRIS;
  • A Program Quality Specialist in each regional office who is able to provide technical assistance via phone, email, or site visits; and
  • Monthly technical assistance webinars to field coaches and mentors.