Understanding and Choosing Assessments and Developmental Screeners for Young Children Age 3-5: Profiles of Selected Measures
The 2007 reauthorization of Head Start requires Head Start programs to use child assessments and developmental screeners that are developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate, as well as valid and reliable in the language in which they are used. This compendium was created to address this need and to promote the use of reliable and valid assessment data, wherever possible, in Head Start and other early childhood programs.
This report (published by National Women's Law Center) analyzes the impact of a unique package of tax credits intended to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana – the School Readiness Tax Credits – in the first four years of their implementation.
The correlation between the specific incentives and resources provided by the credits and the following outcomes provide strong evidence of the impact of the credits on improving the quality of care in Louisiana between 2008 and 2011.
Many states are preparing for the possibility that President Obama's preschool plan calling for degreed teachers may become a reality, and are continuing to engage in efforts to revamp and expand their professional preparation and development systems. As these efforts progress, there is increased attention focused on the capacity of higher education to meet the demand for skilled early childhood teachers and a range of professionals who educate and support them.
The use of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) is continually expanding across the country; in 2010, there were 25 states operating or piloting QRISs and now nearly every other state is planning to or has already begun developing a QRIS or another quality improvement (QI) initiative (Tout, Starr, Soli, Moodie, Kirby, and Boller 2010; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010b).
The purpose of this research brief is to report on two aspects of child care licensing for all 50 States and the District of Columbia state child care center licensing regulations and child care center licensing policies.
State child care licensing regulations and policies on monitoring and enforcement provide a baseline of protection to ensure the well-being of children in early and school-age care and education settings. Regulations and methods of enforcement, however, vary greatly from State to State. Standards in some States provide greater protection and more stringent enforcement methods than in other States.
One quality domain of interest to program administrators and Quality Rating and Improvement System developers focuses on the relationships between families and providers. High quality family-provider relationships have been hypothesized to affect both child and family outcomes.
The checklist can be used as part of a self-assessment and quality improvement planning process to identify strengths and areas of improvement related to inclusive practice. The findings can be used to build on existing strengths, identify needed resources including training and technical assistance support and clarify quality improvement priorities.