Posted by ICCRR in News on 9/20/2021

Exciting news is coming your way!

September 20, 2021

Hello Child Care Providers,

You may have heard that a new and improved Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is coming to Iowa, and it’s true. Iowa QRS has been re-designed, re-branded and re-named!

The new QRIS is called Iowa Quality for Kids (IQ4K). Some of the benefits of the new system include:

  • IQ4K is supported by a brand-new electronic database that will drastically reduce applicant paperwork requirements.
  • IQ4K will provide specialized tracks for providers already meeting enhanced program standards through alternative, DHS-approved, entities, ie: NAEYC Accreditation, NAFCC Accreditation, Head Start Performance Standards, Iowa Quality Preschool Performance Standards, etc.
  • School-age-only programs will have their own IQ4K application.
  • Bonus amounts awarded upon successful completion of an IQ4K level are being restructured. They will be significantly higher than they are in the current QRS and programs will be awarded the full assigned bonus amount at each successful IQ4K renewal, regardless of whether they increase, stay the same or decrease in level.
  • The continuous quality improvement approach of IQ4K allows programs to assess their current level of quality functioning across all areas of programming and devise a structured plan to increase the overall level of program quality.
  • Each CCR&R region has 2-full time IQ4K Specialist Positions to assist programs and providers at every step of the IQ4K process.

What's next?

IQ4K will officially roll out on April 1, 2022. However, stay tuned in the next couple of months for some exciting new announcements. We are partnering with a marketing firm and have developed a strong marketing plan/timeline for the IQ4K system rollout. We will be introducing Kaya, the IQ4K Quality Kangaroo Mascot. Kaya will lead the charge and be the spokesmodel for the new QRIS. 

Additionally, we are developing and will be sharing several different, multi-channel, IQ4K-focused communications including: digital, social media, print materials and video outreach.

 

Micki Beard
Quality Program Manager
Division of Adult, Children & Family Services
Iowa Department of Human Services

 

Tags: qris , iq4k , quality rating system , qrs

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