About QIS

Building a quality improvement system is a key goal for the Office of Early Childhood (OEC). All of our technical assistance and professional development opportunities have been designed to support this aim.

Creating a quality improvement system was initially proposed in the law that established our Office (Public Act 14-39). We also receive funding from the federal Office of Child Care, and one of their expectations is that states have a quality rating and improvement system.

From the start, we wanted a system that integrated our existing licensing standards with national accreditation standards. While accreditation is not a requirement for QIS, we see it as the definition of high quality.

Our system is different

Over the past decade, nearly every state has created a quality improvement system based on points, checklists, and ratings by outside observers. States have invested huge amounts of money in building this infrastructure.

We’ve taken a different approach. QIS supports providers to grow from where they are, through professional learning and tools to strengthen connections with children, families, staff, and their community. We don’t rate programs or classrooms. We built our system by linking existing resources through clear processes and one-to-one connections.

Our system builds on experience

Over the past several years, we have learned about quality care in Connecticut through the study of state licensing compliance data, state accreditation data, earlier pilots of quality improvement systems, and feedback from providers.

Our system is still a work in progress

We’re always looking for ways to improve our system. We already collect feedback from providers during calls with Service Navigators. And we plan to use other methods — such as provider surveys — to learn more about your needs so we can continue to refine QIS.

Last updated August 31, 2022