Early Childhood Rating & Improvement System Pilot

Early Childhood Rating & Improvement System Pilot
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About Us: Our History, Mission, Goals & Vision (PDF, 114.76 KB)
The United Way of Cass-Clay and The Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation are leading the charge to create a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early childhood programs, allowing families to make informed choices and giving early childhood and child care programs a way to showcase their services.

Development Committee
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Meet the Founders (Coming Soon!)
Under the direction of North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) a statewide sub-committee of Growing Futures was established in February 2007 to develop a framework and standards for an Early Childhood Rating & Improvement System in North Dakota. The results of the sub-committee’s work is the foundation for the Pilot Program in Cass County.

2010-2011 Pilot Summary
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Executive Summary (PDF 877.46 KB)

Field Test Report 2010-2011 (PDF, 10 MB)

2012 Pilot Information
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In 2012, we will continue to test a Quality Rating & Improvement System in the "real world".  Our goals are to increase the quality of early childhood programs in our community by:


• Using research-based standards as a "road-map" to high quality early learning. We will define benchmarks and data collection processes to measure the extent to which programs meet the revised STAR Quality Framework.


• Recruiting an additional 18 early childhood programs to earn a STAR rating in 2012, for a total of 35 STAR rated early childhood programs in Cass County.  Taken together these programs will serve approximately 15% of children birth-five in Cass County.


• Developing key messages to educate our community about the importance of early learning.

  • ND Growing Futures
  • PO Box 2279
  • Fargo, ND 58108
  • (218) 299-7018