Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education Project (ECE-ICHQ), 2014-2021

The goal of the Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE-ICHQ) project is to:

  • Produce technically sound, systematic measures of the implementation and costs of education and care in center-based settings that serve children birth to age 5
  • Produce implementation and cost measures that can be used with existing measures of quality to examine the variation in ECE center capacities and resources that can make a difference in the experiences of children
  • Develop a feasible and useful instrument to guide the collection, development, and reporting of the measure for a broad range of users.

The final ECE-ICHQ measures what a center does to support quality, how quality features and practices are supported and implemented within a center, and how much the ECE services cost and how resources are allocated within a center.

The measures were developed through review of the literature, consultation with experts, and a comparative multi-case study. A field test is currently underway to validate the measures with external measures of quality. A user’s manual will also be developed so that a broad audience including practitioners, state administrators, and researchers can use them.

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation contracted with Mathematica Policy Research and consultant, Elizabeth Davis of the University of Minnesota, to launch the project.

The points of contact are Meryl Yoches Barofsky, Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, and Tracy Carter Clopet.

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