Washington

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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Initial Design Process

Washington Pilot on Head Start and PreK Inclusion

The Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL) believes that ensuring consistent high-quality programs for children, regardless of the setting, is critical to improving outcomes for Washington’s youngest learners. They conducted a voluntary pilot project with the goal of streamlining the process for Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) programs to participate in their QRIS, Early Achievers. ECEAP is a state-funded preschool program modeled after Head Start.  DEL learned from the pilot that:

  • Washington's Head Start and ECEAP programs align well with Early Achievers quality standards.
  • Head Start and ECEAP programs are able to demonstrate high quality using their existing practices, procedures and policies.
  • Head Start and ECEAP programs, on average, provide a level of quality equal to an Early Achievers quality Level 3 or higher.
  • As a result of the pilot findings, ECEAP and Head Start programs that opt to participate in Early Achievers will:
  • Enter Early Achievers at a Level 3.
  • Be strongly encouraged to demonstrate quality levels 4 or 5 through an on-site evaluation and streamlined rating process.
  • Have the opportunity to apply to become training resource centers once they are rated at Level 4 or 5. Training resource centers will receive a contract to share training and professional development with other Early Achievers participants.

Head Start and ECEAP are not eligible to receive quality improvement awards that are available to licensed child care providers who participate in Early Achievers.  The Executive Summary of the pilot is available at http://www.del.wa.gov/publications/elac-qris/docs/Early_Achievers_pilot_summary_HS_ECEAP.pdf.

Washington has started planning the development of a school age component for Early Achievers which will include developing the standards and framework as well as conducting a pilot prior to statewide roll-out. We will begin this process with partner agencies in 2014, with the goal of piloting in 2015.