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  • Family-Provider Partnerships: Examining Alignment of Early Care and Education Professional and Performance Standards, State Competencies, and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Indicators in the Context of Research

    Published: February 13, 2014
    Interest in the quality of provider-family relationships in early care and education (ECE) settings has sharpened the focus on defining and measuring elements of these relationships across settings for program improvement purposes.  In this brief, authors examine the alignment of research-based elements of family-provider partnerships with professional and performance standards from three national ECE organizations as well as selected professional competencies and Quality Rating and...
  • INQUIRE Data Toolkit

    Published: January 30, 2014
    The INQUIRE Toolkit grows out of the growing awareness of the importance of collecting data related to early care and education.  The Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) Data Work Group was convened to address a request from stakeholders for information on building an effective data infrastructure to support activities including monitoring, continuous program improvement, reporting, validation and evaluation in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and...
  • Child Care Decision-Making Literature Review

    Published: December 13, 2013
    Many factors influence parents’ decision-making in their child care choices. This literature review provides an overview of empirical knowledge about the factors that influence parents’ decision-making in their child care choices. Findings from the literature are organized into four main sections reflecting empirical findings about: 1) parents’ child care decision-making processes, 2) parents’ preferences and priorities in selecting a care arrangement...
  • Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say: Terminology Agnosticism in Child Care Questionnaires

    Published: December 2, 2013
    Child care survey data and analyses can be improved by stepping away from terminology which may have unclear or multiple meanings to different audiences. This brief, which draws from the Design Study of the National Survey of Early Care and Education, reviews the importance of child care data, as well as some of the pitfalls of misinterpretation of survey items. Through a review of literature, cognitive testing, and feasibility testing, the brief considers terminology issues as they... 
  • Conceptualizing and Measuring Collaboration in the Context of Early Childhood Care and Education

    Published: November 27, 2013
    There is increasing emphasis on coordination and collaboration across early care and education sectors to provide consistent, high-quality services to meet the needs of families with young children. This brief presents work on the conceptualization and measurement of collaboration in the field of early childhood.  The brief identifies key components of collaboration and encourages the development and use of measures of collaboration in the early childhood field.  The brief presents...
  • Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States

    Published: November 18, 2013
    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are only useful if their ratings are valid.  This brief provides detailed examples and findings from QRIS validation activities in four states: Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Virginia. The brief demonstrates how different states have approached QRIS validation, compares findings, and highlights challenges in designing and conducting QRIS validation studies.  Authors use a framework provided by Zellman and Fiene through the Quality Initiatives...
  • Intervention Dosage in Early Childhood Care and Education: It's Complicated

    Published: June 6, 2013
    Dosage, or the amount of intervention delivered, is an important factor in understanding implementation...
  • Measuring Implementation of Early Childhood Interventions at Multiple System Levels

    Published: June 6, 2013
    To ensure implementation of early childhood interventions with fidelity, implementation strategies must be aligned...
  • Measuring the Quality and Quantity of Implementation in Early Childhood Interventions

    Published: June 6, 2013
    Quantity measures are far more prevalent than quality measures in implementation research...
  • Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template

    Published: June 5, 2013
    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems’ administrators are seeking resources and technical assistance...