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What is a QRIS?

A Quality Recognition and Improvement System is a method to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education settings. (Mitchell, 2005, p4)

What is Learn & Grow?

Learn & Grow is Alaska's Quality Recognition & Improvement System (QRIS) and its mission is to advance the quality of early care and learning to foster the success of young children. Research demonstrates that high quality early learning programs greatly improve school readiness outcomes for children. They also are critical to building healthy brains, a strong economy, and a secure future for Alaska.  Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS), is part of a national movement designed to:

  • Provide a quality framework for early care & learning programs that guides practices
  • Help early care & learning programs achieve high quality
  • Help families become informed about quality and find high quality early care & learning programs
  • Promote accountability so policy makers and funders feel confident about investing in quality early care & learning


If you are from Head Start and have questions about your participation in Learn & Grow,

please contact Meghan Johnson at 907.265.3105 or info@aklearnandgrow.org.  


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Contact us at: info@aklearnandgrow.org   907.265.3105 or toll free 844.563.3230