Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education Project (ECE-ICHQ), 2014-2019

Project Overview

The goal of this project is to create an instrument to measure implementation and costs of providing ECE services at centers for children from birth to age 5. The project has two focuses:

  1. Measuring programs’ efforts to support quality; and
  2. The cost of operating the programs.

The ultimate goal is to produce measures of implementation and costs that can be used to examine how differences in what a center does and how resources are used influence quality.

Key Tasks include:

  • Developing a literature review and conceptual framework
  • Consulting with experts in the field
  • Conducting a comparative multi-case study. Information from the study will guide the development and testing of the implementation and cost measures. The study sample includes centers that vary on characteristics such as ages of children served, size, and funding sources, and quality rating.
  • Developing measures and instruments. The team will use information from the comparative multi-case study to produce measures that various stakeholders can use to examine what centers do to support quality and how much it costs. The team will field test the measures to ensure they are useful and relevant for research and practice uses.
  • Developing a user’s manual about the measures 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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