Development of a Measure of Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ), 2010-2015

The FPTRQ project  developed new measures to assess the quality of the relationship between families and providers/teachers of early care and education for children birth to 5 years of age. The measures examines this relationship from both the parent and the provider/teacher perspectives, and capture important elements of family-provider/teacher relationships such as attitudes of respect, commitment, and openness to change and practices such as bi-directional communication, sensitivity, and flexibility. The project aimed to develop measures that are appropriate for use across different types of early care and education settings, including Head Start and Early Head Start programs, center-based child care, pre-k classrooms, and home-based child care. In addition, a high priority of the project was to make the measures culturally appropriate for diverse populations, including lower-income and higher-income families, ethnically/racially diverse providers and families, and non-English speaking families and providers.

Tasks for the FPTRQ project included (1) a review of literature on family and provider/teacher relationships; (2) the development of a conceptual model of the key components of family-provider/teacher relationships that promote family engagement and lead to better family, child and provider outcomes; (3) a review of  existing measures; (4) consultation with experts in relevant fields on possible content and format of the measures; (5)focus groups with parents and providers/teachers, the development of items, and piloting the measure; (6) the development of final measures for extensive data collection in a variety of care settings; (7) psychometric and cognitive testing to ensure the soundness of the measures; (8) the development of a sustainability plan regarding training on the measures and production of future editions of the measures as needed; and (9) developing, conducting cognitive testing, and pilot testing measures to assess the relationship quality between Family Service Staff and parents in Head Start/Early Head Start.

  Director Measure Provider/Teacher
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Parent Measure Family Services
Staff Measure
Family Services Staff
Parent Measure
FPTRQ Measures
Full Measure Full Measure
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Full Measure
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Full Measure†
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Full Measure†
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Full Measure Scoring Sheet Scoring sheet for
Full Measure*
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Scoring sheet for
Full Measure*
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Scoring sheet for
Full Measure*
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Scoring sheet for
Full Measure*
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Scoring sheet for
Full Measure*
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Short Form   Short Form
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Short Form
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Short Form
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Short Form
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Short Form Scoring Sheet   Scoring sheet for
Short Form†
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Scoring sheet for
Short Form†
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Scoring sheet for
Short Form
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Scoring sheet for
Short Form
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*Please see the Instrument pages below for the 508 compliant PDF versions of the Full Measure Scoring Sheets.

† Revised April 2015

The point of contact is Laura Hoard.

Project Team

Federal Project Officer:
Laura Hoard, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street SW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201

Contractors:

Kwang Kim, Ed.D., Project Director, Westat
Nicole Forry, Ph.D., Child Trends
Lina Guzman, Ph.D., Child Trends

Related Resources

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The provider/teacher measure short form (English version) is intended for early childhood education providers and teachers of children from birth through 5 years old in a center-based, family child care, or Head Start/Early Head Start program. This English version of the short form asks respondents questions about how they work with all parents of children in their care, such as how easy or difficult it is for parents to reach them during the day and how often parents share information...

The director measure is intended for use with program directors in center-based, family child care, and Head Start/Early Head Start settings for children from birth through five years old. This measure asks respondents general questions about the early childhood education environment, the children enrolled in the program, and how the program supports family and provider/teacher relationships. It includes 57 items and takes about 10 minutes to complete, on average.

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The Excel scoring...

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The family services...

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