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Economic & Employment Services Links to Quality (QRIS)

Our vision: To provide a statewide network of resources that support child care providers to improve quality and empower families to make informed decisions about childcare.


A QRIS is an approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care settings. In Kansas, our QRIS is now Links to Quality. Our system will give Kansas child care providers goals to improve quality of their practice and recognize programs that demonstrate high marks of quality.  It will be a system where programs can choose to participate.  Programs will receive Quality recognition based on a set of Quality Indicators in three topic areas:


  1. Program Leadership
  2. Family Partnerships
  3. Learning and Development


It will also assist families in identifying high-quality providers for their child’s care.
DCF is planning to pilot Links to Quality with a small group of 30-40 providers.  The pilot will last for a period of 2 years.


We have established a QRIS Advisory Group that meets quarterly which will assist the Links to Quality program staff in the development and implementation of the statewide system. The advisory group serves to make recommendations and/or provide key information and materials to the Links to Quality program staff and work groups. This advisory group is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills within the early childhood community.

QRIS Advisory group members include


Karen Beckerman, Strengthening Families Services Director, DCF
Carrie Hastings, Children’s Services Manager, DCF
Kelly Meigs, QRIS Program Manager, DCF
Janelle Harper, QRIS Support Manager, DCF
Patty Mitts, Child Care Provider Enrollment Program Manager, DCF
Lori Steelman, Program Director, Child Care Licensing, KDHE
Patty Peschel, Program Director, Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities
Leadell Ediger, Executive Director, Child Care Aware
Heather Staab, Part C Coordinator, Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Heather Schrotberger, Head Start Director, Project Eagle Kansas City, KS
Amy Blosser, Early Childhood Director, Children’s Cabinet
Jackie Counts, director, Center for Public Partnerships & Research, KU
Barbara Dayal, Early Childhood, Special Ed & Title Services, KSDE
Nis Wilbur, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Deb Crowl, Emporia Child Care, Administrator
Staci Ogle, family provider
Jens Haas, parent


Advisory Group Meetings for 2017 will be:

March 24
June 19
September 18
December 11


2016 Meeting Notes:

March 10 Notes
June 20 Notes
September 19 Notes
December 19-cancelled


2015 Meeting Notes:


December 14, 2015 Notes

All meetings will be at the KASB from 10:00-3:00.

Please contact DCF Links to Quality (QRIS) Management for more information or questions.

Email –
Phones – 785-368-3162 or 785-296-4840