The Spark Program Update Report (SPUR)
Beginning in May, 2019, Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Spark, requires that programs who have been participating in Spark for a year or longer complete the Spark Program Update Report. It will collect updated information about programs, their continuous quality improvement efforts, and their commitment to maintain quality standards. While the Spark revisions are underway, the current Spark system is still fully functioning and all the same benefits, monetary and otherwise, are available.
Programs will receive this report through email or mail. Completing this report is required for programs to remain in good standing. Being in good standing is required to be eligible for future Spark opportunities, such as additional funding.
To go to the electronic version of the Spark Program Update Report, click below:
If you have any questions, please call the QRIS Helpline: 877-768-8290 or e-mail email@example.com.
Additional Quality Improvement Funds Now Available!
Great News! Programs who have been participating in Spark can qualify for additional funding, from $1,000 - $2,000, to help with their continuous quality improvement efforts! It will begin in July and is only available until September 30, 2019. Programs need to have received the original quality improvement funds and have submitted a portfolio or will submit one by September 30, 2019. Instructions, qualifications and other requirements on the first page of the form.
A WOU Substitute W-9 is also needed when the form is returned.
You can also contact the Spark/QRIS helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-768-8290 to have the forms mailed to you.
Ready to get started?
Move up on the Oregon Registry!
In this section you will find information and resources that will help you get started with Oregon's Spark.
Get support from your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R). They can connect you with a Quality Improvement Specialists who will provide technical assistance and resources that will help you improve the quality of your child care program and can get you started on your Spark journey. Call your local Quality Improvement Specialist to find out how they can help you and your program.
Move up on the Oregon Registry!
Oregon's Spark Personnel Qualifications standards are based on the Oregon Registry. Be sure that you and your staff have submitted the correct documentation to receive the most current Step on the Oregon Registry.
Get your policies and procedures written down and up to date!
You know what you do and why you do it, but does your staff? Do parents, families and community? Develop and/or update written policies on things like behavior management, meal times, personnel policies, inclusion, parent engagement, etc. Start drafting or refining your policies now, to reflect how your program operates. You can attend a workshop on policy development at Oregon Registry Online
Get parents involved in your program!
Including families in your program is an important part of quality. Take a look at your program and assess how much parent involvement you have. How do you engage parents and families? Evaluate what you do well and work towards best practice family engagement! You can download the Family Survey and begin using it today!
Learn about research based screening and assessment tools and how to use them!
Oregon's Spark mirrors Oregon's Early Learning Council emphasis on screening and assessing children. If you are not already using research based tools to screen and assess your children, you can attend a training to learn about them and choose the best option for your program on the Oregon Registry or visit asqoregon.com
Make sure your program uses a curriculum that supports all children's learning and development!
There are a number of well-respected curriculum used by early childhood programs that satisfy the criteria of Oregon's Spark. Remember, choosing and implementing a curriculum that is right for you takes time so get started now! Find a class on the ORO training calendar to learn more about implementing curriculum.
Overview of Domains and Standards
Already started your journey of continuous quality improvement? Have questions about the portfolio? Find our more information here!
Want to connect to people or programs that share your rating? Connect with them here!
Groups are a place for members and staff of the Spark community to communicate, share materials, and help each other.
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Click here to see all Spark groups.