Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) team has been working with its partners to focus on tracking and improving the quality of programs that serve children who are furthest from opportunity and historically underserved. Strategies include supporting programs that serve children of color, children in poverty, children speaking diverse languages, and children in rural communities.
Oregon’s end of the year data shows great progress being made.
Data has shown that 22.7% of all children on subsidy are in documented higher quality care, Commitment to Quality/Level 2-5 Star, and 23.8% of children of color on subsidy are in documented higher quality care from July to September 2015. Children of color comprise 42.8% of children on subsidy. Last year only 15% of children on subsidy were in Commitment to Quality through 5 stars compared to 22% this year.
In addition, 20 Focused Child Care Networks continue through the Early Learning Hubs. The Early Learning Hubs identified specific populations or communities where a supply of quality early learning programs were needed and created Focused Family Child Care Networks to improve quality and access for communities of color, diverse language providers such as Spanish and Russian, and rural programs. The initial rounds of Focused Child Care Networks were rated in the past year. As of September 30, Focused Child Care Networks included 76 Commitment to Quality Designations (Level 2), 10 3-Star programs, and 1 4-Star program. More than 200 additional programs are in the process of their QRIS and quality improvement journeys.
We look forward to sharing even more positive updates as we move the QRIS forward!
Learn more about Oregon’s QRIS here.