Development of rating and improvement system
(1) In addition to the minimum standards established for child care facilities and the operation of child care facilities under ORS 329A.260 (Minimum standards for child care facilities) and subject to available funds, the Office of Child Care, under the direction and with the approval of the Early Learning Council, shall initiate development of a tiered quality rating and improvement system for child care facilities.
(2) The tiered quality rating and improvement system implemented under this section shall:
(a) Establish a set of progressively higher standards that are used to evaluate the quality of an early learning and development program and to support program improvement.
(b) Consist of the following components:
(A) Tiered standards that define a progression of quality for early learning and development programs.
(B) Monitoring of programs to evaluate quality based on established standards.
(C) Support for programs and providers of programs to meet tiered quality standards, including training, technical assistance and financial incentives.
(D) Program quality ratings that are publicly available. [2012 c.37 §130; 2013 c.624 §86]
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