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State Systems

State systems for early childhood education (ECE) programs coordinate and regulate the various services for children from infancy to age 5 and their families. These often include state data systems, assessment of program quality such as Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and professional development systems for early educators.

Professional Development

Excellence in early childhood education (ECE) programs is built on a workforce that promotes continuous program improvement.

Designation Renewal System

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as required by Congress, established the Designation Renewal System (DRS) to determine whether Head Start and Early Head Start agencies deliver high-quality and comprehensive services to the families they serve.