In collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, UNH instructional coaches are working to support the state's Quality Improvement Recognition System (QRIS). A Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS) is a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education settings. The state of New Hampshire has a voluntary quality rating system for licensed child care providers. New Hampshire currently has three designations for quality child care: Licensed; Licensed Plus; and Accreditation (accredited programs). New Hampshire's QRIS promotes a culture of continuous quality improvement among early childhood and afterschool professionals to ensure children have access to, and to increase parental options for, child care and out-of-schooltime settings.
- New Hampshire's QRIS is a strengths-based system that recognizes programs’ achievement in meeting Quality Standards. The NH QRIS has two Standards for Quality: Learning Environments and Staff Qualifications.
- New Hampshire's QRIS is designed to meet programs where they are and help them to strive for continuous quality improvement by providing meaningful consultation and incentives.
- New Hampshire's QRIS aims to promote a culture of continuous quality improvement among early childhood and afterschool professionals to ensure that all New Hampshire children have access to high-quality early care and education and high-quality afterschool experiences.