Evaluation & Research

Evaluation & Research

Quality of Caregiver-Child Interaction for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT): A Review of the Literature

This review of the literature is one of several components of the Measurement Development: Quality of Caregiver-Child Interaction for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT) project. The main purpose of the Q-CCIIT project is to develop a new measure to assess the quality of caregiver-child interactions within varied non-parental care settings for infants and toddlers. This review describes previous work on both parent-child interactions and quality measures used in early care settings serving infants and toddlers.

Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Approaches to Integrating Programs for Young Children in Two States

This report focuses on the development, implementation and integration of quality rating and improvement systems in the States of Indiana and Pennsylvania including details related to the launch of these systems, financing, quality assurance, governance, early learning standards, provider engagement, consumer education and professional development.  For states just getting started in their QRIS development or states in the midst of expansion, there is much to be learned from this analysis of the work in these two states. 

Best Practices for Conducting Program Observations as Part of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

The purpose of this Brief is to highlight issues and recommendations for conducting program observations as part of a QRIS. Some of the issues in this brief apply to all early care and education settings, including family child care homes; others apply only to center-based programs with multiple classrooms. The first section of the Brief includes considerations when selecting a quality measurement tool. The second section describes issues related to hiring and training individuals to conduct

Effective Evaluation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care

The purpose of this document is to encourage high-quality QRIS evaluations by providing timely information on evaluation options to those who may be in positions to authorize, finance, design, and refine QRISs and other quality improvement efforts, including state child care administrators, legislators, and other potential funders. This brief presents basic evaluation concepts, useful tools for determining the appropriate design and timing of an evaluation, and evaluation references and resources for those who wish to learn more.

Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations

Quality Rating Systems (QRS) are currently operating, under development or being piloted in over 25 states or local areas. As the QRS model becomes integrated into the landscape of child care and education service delivery, policy and the decisions parents make about child care across the United States, there is an increasing need for descriptive and comparative information about QRS implementation and evaluation. Acknowledging this need, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S.