Oregon

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.

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Field Test and Phase-in of Oregon Program of Quality (OPQ)

Oregon developed a State designation of quality that serves as a stepping stone between program licensure and national accreditation.  

OPQ is designed to:

  • improve program quality,
  • recognize higher quality programs, and
  • increase the number of programs eligible to partner with Head Start and Early Intervention.

OPR standards resulted from a crosswalk of six common areas across:

  • Head Start Performance Standards,
  • NAEYC accreditation standards,
  • Oregon’s early learning guidelines, and
  • State licensure requirements. 

The field test began in January 2011 with a cohort of 25 diverse programs from across the State. Programs are required to complete orientation, develop a quality improvement plan, and submit a portfolio demonstrating how they meet the standards at the end of a 7-month period. Participating programs receive customized technical assistance and up to $5,000 in quality improvement awards. The second cohort was expected to begin the process in late 2011.

Cost Projections and Financing

Oregon Uses Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) in Design of QRIS

Oregon was one of three states selected to pilot the PCQC.  They used the calculator to create scenarios and review them with various stakeholders.  The process provided several key points of learning including a focus on “the few and the powerful” in terms of standards and other specific standards because of the projected fiscal impact.  As a result, Oregon decided not to include Caring for our Children group size and ratio standards because of the fiscal impact. Oregon also realized the significant cost to programs to provide staff benefits as well as the fiscal value of programs participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP).  Oregon now plans to include the PCQC as a tool in child care administration classes.