The GSE is proud to announce that our Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC) has achieved a 5-Star rating from Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). This is the highest rating achievable in the new system that was initiated in Oregon as part of a nationwide movement.
HGCDC participated in the program that is designed to raise the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs. Experts in the field of early childhood care and education evaluated materials using research-based standards that address children’s learning and development, health and safety, personnel qualifications, family partnerships, and administration.
The QRIS program is a new rating system endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). QRIS builds on what early childhood programs are already doing to ensure high quality and continuous improvement in their programs. QRIS offers resources and technical assistance along with standards and assessment measures that fit licensing structures unique to each state. The new rating system provides monetary incentives to train staff and provides parents with expert, unbiased information to make informed decisions about choosing a care provider.
The program is funded by the federal government, which gave Oregon’s Early Learning Division $20 million to implement early learning systems. Half went to QRIS, which is run by the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University. Oregon began the statewide rollout in January 2014.
HGCDC Director Ellie Justice said, “We appreciated the opportunity to participate in this new initiative and welcomed the review of our program against the defined standards. The emphasis in the QRIS on professional development and teacher-child relations aligns with our own program values. We have exceptional teachers at HGCDC that demonstrate the qualities and interactions that the QRIS raters look for.”
HGCDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and participated in the 2013–14 field study to link NAEYC accreditation standards with the QRIS requirements. As an accredited program, HGCDC has demonstrated a long-held commitment to quality. HGCDC is one of only 20 programs countywide to receive a 5-Star QRIS rating.
HGCDC is a full-day, year-round program providing high-quality care and education for the children of PSU students, faculty/staff, and community members. The center also serves as an academic resource for students and faculty, inviting participation through observation, practicum, research, and collaboration.