1. General Questions

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is revising the Quality Rating and Improvement System (MA QRIS). These proposed revisions are based on the results of the MA QRIS Validation Study, key research in the field, and your feedback, which is essential in creating a QRIS that supports educators as they work toward continuous quality improvement on behalf of children and families.

Please take some time to review the proposed MA QRIS standards (provided below) and offer your feedback and comments.  This survey is expected to take approximately 15 minutes.

If you have any questions about the survey or would like to provide additional comments, please email Joanne Roberts of the Wellesley College Centers for Women at jroberts@wellesley.edu.  All emails will go directly to Wellesley College and will remain confidential. 

General Questions about the Structure of the Proposed MA QRIS Standards

* 1. The proposed MA QRIS standards attempt to capture how programs meet quality standards, rather than focusing on individual educator requirements. This is part of a  larger program-focused approach to quality improvement in early education and care and afterschool/out-of-school time programs. How much do you agree with this approach? 

How much do you agree with this approach?

* 2. In the current MA QRIS standards, Level 1 programs are required to have a license in good standing or, for public preschool programs, to meet basic EEC licensing requirements. In order to strengthen the base of the MA QRIS, the proposed standards require that programs at Level 1:
  • Have a license in good standing (except public preschool programs overseen by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education);
  • Complete a series of federally-required online health and safety trainings;
  • Submit a Level 1 Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP).
How much do you agree with the plan to strengthen the requirements for QRIS Level 1?