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Licensing violations and QRIS ratings

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This resource was prepared for a Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) State in response to a request for information about how States handle Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) ratings when a licensed child care program has had serious license violations. This information will be helpful to other States as they prepare guidance for monitoring staff; revise the next generation of their QRIS; make decisions about which programs are eligible for child care subsidy reimbursement; and continue their collaboration with other early learning and development systems in their State. To address this request, ELC TA partnered with the BUILD Initiative, which sent the following questions to State administrators: If a child care program is rated under the QRIS and then has a licensing violation, does that impact the QRIS rating for that program? Is there some sort of guidance as to whether they maintain their rating or is it suspended as a result of the licensing violation? According to the QRIS Compendium, 38 States have a fully functioning QRIS. In addition, Florida has multiple QRIS operating at the county level. Seventeen of these States and one Florida county responded to this query. (author abstract)
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