skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, March 4, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Democracy Trailblazers ignite enthusiasm among teen voters; CA monster blizzard batters Tahoe, Mammoth, Sierra amid avalanche warnings; MN transportation sector could be next in line for carbon-free standard; IN teachers 'stunned' by lawmakers' bid to bypass collective bargaining.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Nikki Haley says she may not endorse the GOP nominee, President Biden says the U-S will continue air-dropping aid into Gaza and more states look at ditching the electoral college for a national popular vote.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

NM Part of Summit to Build Strong Foundations for Young Children

play audio
Play

Thursday, August 1, 2013   

SANTA FE, N.M. - Folks from New Mexico are joining 350 early-childhood experts this week at the Build Initiative 2013 Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) national meeting in Washington, D.C., where the focus will be on advancing early learning and development.

Dan Haggard, deputy director of New Mexico's early childhood services, said the QRIS program offers families a way to evaluate care for their children, much like a "star system" for restaurant ratings. He said the system also benefits child-care providers.

"When programs increase their quality rating," he said, "they generate more money, so there's more incentive."

The quality star rating on the license is on display at every New Mexico early-childhood program. The state's decision to attach financial incentives to the quality rating has increased enrollment of low-income children in early-childhood programs, Haggard added.

The quality rating system has tiered standards, he said, and levels are based on specific benchmarks.

"Criteria might include whether there's a high teacher-child ratio. It might include how the environment is arranged, the types of equipment or materials that are available, and the interactions between the teachers and the children," he explained.

New Mexico has had a quality rating system since 1995, Haggard noted, but it is about to implement a new system, "Focus," based on new research.

"We will be focusing on children's learning and on helping teachers observe children's development and plan for their learning and growth," he said, "as well as helping them implement the latest research in learning experiences for children in the classroom."

At the summit, attendees will hear about the latest and most promising practices in early learning. Most states have or are developing quality rating and improvement systems, which also provide data for helping to identify where to invest early-care and education dollars.




get more stories like this via email

more stories
A study by Wallethub ranked Kentucky 43rd in the nation for residents' dental health. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

A bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature would make fluoride treatment in drinking water optional for local municipalities. House Bill 141 …


Social Issues

play sound

Most teenagers eagerly anticipate turning 16 to start driving and 21 for other milestones, but the significance of obtaining the right to vote at 18 …

Social Issues

play sound

New York state lawmakers have appointed members to the Community Commission on Reparations Remedies, created through legislation Gov. Kathy Hochul …


A National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report illustrated how some wealth was built through discriminatory practices including racially restrictive deed covenants. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new report argued many charitable foundations need to examine the origin of their wealth and repair harms done. The National Committee for …

Environment

play sound

A proposed urban reforestation program in Massachusetts aims to help cities mitigate the effects of climate change. Legislation would create a state …

One in four Wyoming kids lives in single-parent families, according to Wyoming Community Foundation data. Such children are more likely to live in poverty compared with their peers in married-parent families. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A Wyoming nonprofit is helping single mothers climb out of poverty by connecting them with the training and support they need to step into and succeed…

Social Issues

play sound

Ahead of Super Tuesday, a new poll finds a majority of Mainers support replacing the Electoral College system with a national popular vote. More …

Social Issues

play sound

Even though March is barely underway, parents of Wisconsin kids are being encouraged to plan for summer reading activities - especially if their …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021