Nevada Receives Grant to Support QRIS
Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Shelly Nye
THE CHILDREN’S CABINET RECEIVES GRANT TO PARTNER WITH THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO EXPAND THE SILVER STATE STARS QUALITY RATING AND IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM
The Children’s Cabinet in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan to expand the Silver State Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
“The funding provided by the Kellogg Foundation will be instrumental to the Department’s efforts to coordinate birth-3rd grade state level initiatives to improve access and quality of early childhood programs across a variety of settings,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga.
Silver State Stars QRIS is a voluntary program available to licensed child care centers as a method to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. Centers that participate are assigned a rating from 1 to 5 stars. The QRIS also helps families find high quality child care that fits their needs and the needs of their children. “Helping families identify and have access to high quality early education and care is a critical support in raising children who are healthy, ready for school, and ready for life,” said Kathleen Sandoval, Director of Operations for The Children’s Cabinet.
The QRIS is funded through the Child Care and Development Funds and administered by the Nevada Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and Development. The funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support expansion of the QRIS to include pre-kindergarten programs within school districts. Efforts will focus on implementation of a QRIS for school district pre-k programs and increasing professional development opportunities for educators and administrators across early childhood settings.
For more information about the QRIS, contact Patti Oya at 702-486-6492 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Nevada Silver State Stars QRIS website at http://www.nvsilverstatestars.org/.