Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: A Review of the Literature

Published: May 24, 2016
Topics:
Child Care, Early Head Start, Youth Services, Head Start, Home Visiting
Projects:
Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education Project (ECE-ICHQ), 2014-2019 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports

This report summarizes findings of a literature review and research syntheses in three areas — implementation science, early care and education quality, and costs. The goal of this effort was to create a draft conceptual framework to guide development of measures for the implementation and costs of early care and education in center-based settings that serve children from birth to age 5.

The literature helped identify what is important to examine for variations in implementation and costs that can affect quality to inform the field. It also helped determine the next steps in efforts to create a technically sound, feasible, and useful instrument that will provide consistent, systematic measures of implementation and costs of high quality early care and education.

Last Reviewed: March 7, 2017