Support for the Workforce: QRIS standards in action
Research and best practices demonstrate that solid business practices in early learning programs support practitioners in serving children and families. Also, solid business practices help keep quality programs in business, providing the important consistency of care for children and working parents.
Like most QRIS programs, Oregon’s QRIS has a domain exclusively focused on administration and business practices for large programs. These programs must demonstrate good policies for their business and staff.
AB2: Supporting Early Learning Professionals
The Administration and Business Practice Standard 2 requires programs to ensure a professional working climate. The program must provide evidence of personnel policies that support staff, including communication about schedules, meals and breaks, and job descriptions for each employee. In addition, staff must be provided with preparation and planning time and training on professional ethics, which directly impact the type of programming provided to children.
At a four star level, programs are required to provide staff space for planning, relaxation, and personal care that is away from the children’s areas.
These indicators roll up to a compilation of business practices to support and sustain quality programs.
For more information about QRIS standards, see Oregon’s QRIS website!