Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS), is excited to announce the completion of the system’s full framework (Levels 1-5), giving early childhood education (ECE) programs a roadmap for developing high-quality learning environments.
Learn & Grow contains five levels of quality standards beyond licensing. In 2016, Learn & Grow launched Levels 1 and 2, engaging more than 130 programs in foundational quality activities. With Levels 3-5 of the framework now complete, programs can progress to offer high-quality services.
To provide additional support to Learn & Grow programs, new tools and resources will be rolled out later this year, including:
- thread Tools, an online library of templates and information for program management
- Peer learning for Program Administrators
- Increased financial & marketing support
- Technical assistance and coaching from thread
- New online portal for programs to access Learn & Grow
The complete Level 1-5 framework can be found on the Learn & Grow website here.
Benefits of QRIS
QRIS is a systemic approach to assess early childhood education programs and provide the necessary resources and planning to help programs build on their strengths to improve quality.
As a fully developed system, Learn & Grow will give parents more options for their children’s early education, and will help more children get ready for school and life.