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What are the most common types of indicators included in QRIS?

QRIS Indicator Types for Center- and Home-Based ECE Programs
Indicators Center-Based ECE Home-Based ECE
N= 40 39
Staff qualifications (education, training, experience) 100% 100%
Curriculum 90% 82%
Environment and interactions 90% 92%
Family partnerships 90% 87%
Program administration, management, and leadership 88% 82%
Health and safety 83% 87%
Assessment 75% 72%
Teacher supports (e.g., paid time off, salary scale) 65% --
Continuous quality improvement 63% 51%
Provisions for children with special needs 58% 62%
Cultural and linguistic diversity 50% 46%
Community involvement 43% 44%

--Not asked of home-based programs

In 2016, the most common type of indicators for both center- and home-based programs were related to staff qualifications, which includes standards related to teachers' education, training, and years of experience. All QRIS have some indicators related to teacher qualifications for both of these program types.   More QRIS  have indicators related to quality for center-based (90%) than home-based (82%) programs, although the difference between the two is not drastic. This is true for most of the indicator types: QRIS typically have similar indicators for both centers and homes. The biggest difference is seen in the inclusion of indicators related to continuous quality improvement (CQI), with 63% of QRIS having CQI standards for centers but only 51% having similar standards for homes. Note that the teacher support question was not asked for home-based programs because it refers to benefits that are particular to centers alone.