Rhode Island

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

Initial Design Process

Engagement of Rhode Island Parents in Developing a QRIS

As part of the development phase of Rhode Island’s BrightStars, nine parent focus groups were held in different regions of the State to learn what mattered most and to give the groups an opportunity to offer input to the proposed standards. The discussions were held in English, Spanish, and Cambodian and reached 106 parents, mostly mothers. The Steering Committee that guided the development and now oversees the implementation of BrightStars has a parent representative from the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, an information and support agency for Rhode Island parents. Additional information is available at  http://www.brightstars.org/.  

Data Collection and Evaluation

Rhode Island QRIS Evaluation: A Unique Partnership Focused on Informed Revision

A broadly representative community-based group developed the draft standards and quality criteria for BrightStars over several years. Researchers from the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, who were selected for their depth and breadth of expertise and experience in evaluating program quality, conducted a pilot and random sample evaluation. The evaluation was conducted as a partnership between FPG and the Rhode Island community agency, Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children, that manages BrightStars. This partnership facilitated training for BrightStars staff to collect data in a valid and reliable manner. The draft center framework included 62 criteria across 28 standards. The evaluation in the pilot revealed that using all 62 criteria resulted in small quality distinctions and many programs had no stars or only one star. A review of the standards ensured that each criterion (1) was not already in State licensing, (2) had an actual outcome, and (3) adequately measured the differences in quality. This review pared the number of criteria down to 22, which were then grouped into nine standards. The final frameworks are an effective scaffold for quality improvement; differences between the levels are meaningful but achievable. The evaluation not only improved the BrightStars standards and measurement tool, it also provided a baseline measure of program quality in a random sample of centers, homes, and afterschool programs in Rhode Island, which will be useful for tracking progress in the future. It has also been helpful to have expert evaluators give the Steering Committee specific advice and recommendations to improve the framework. Additional information is available at http://www.brightstars.org/.

Consumer Education

BrightStars Rhode Island Twitter Feed

Rhode Island’s BrightStars QRIS uses Twitter to share information with a variety of audiences. Followers of the feed can get information about grant opportunities for child care providers, family friendly community events, professional development opportunities, recalls, and names of programs that have joined BrightStars. To see or follow the Twitter feed, go to https://twitter.com/BrightStarsRI.