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A Quality Rating and Improvement System Cost Implementation Study (Summer, 2011)

Since 2006, early childhood leaders, advocates and practitioners in West Virginia have worked together on plans to create a child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) in the state. A QRIS is designed to rate the quality of an early childhood program and to assist programs to improve their quality. To continue its advocacy of creating a QRIS system to serve the state’s children and families, Imagine West Virginia co-funded a study by the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) to present a comprehensive evaluation of the steps needed to fully implement the program and the associated costs. The report was prepared as required under legislation passed by the West Virginia Legislature in 2010 (SB 648), with financial contributions also being made by the Legislature and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Click here to review CBER’s QRIS report.