TAKE STEPS NOW TO PREPARE YOUR PROGRAM FOR OREGON’S QUALITY RATING AND IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM QRIS.
Here are five things your program can do now to prepare for your QRIS journey:
- Move up on the Oregon Registry Work on getting yourself and your staff on the Oregon registry. Make a plan for moving up the Steps!
- Write down your policies and procedures and make sure they are up to date. Make sure your program philosophy is written down and posted for both parents and staff to Develop or update written policies on things like behavior management, meal times, personnel policies, inclusion, parent engagement, etc.
- Focus on involving families How do you engage parents? Do you ask parents to evaluate your program? Do you change things based on their feedback? Does your program reflect the cultural diversity of your families? Do you have formal and informal methods for two-way communication with your families? Evaluate what you do well and start taking steps toward best practice family engagement.
- Learn about research-based screening and assessment If you are not already using ASQ or ASQ-SE learn more about how to implement this tool in your program at www.asqoregon.com. If you don’t have a research-based assessment tool, attend a training to learn more about them and choose the best option for yourprogram.
- Make sure your program uses a curriculum that supports all children’s learning and development. There are a number of well-respected curricula used by early childhood programs that satisfy the criteria of Oregon’s QRIS. Remember, choosing and implementing a curriculum that is right for you takes time, so it’s best to get started now.