Measuring the Quality of Caregiver–Child Interactions (QCIT)

Nov 07, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

On Tuesday, November 7, Mathematica hosted a webinar designed to help early childhood professionals gain a better understanding of measuring the quality of caregivers’ interactions with infants and toddlers.

During this session, Mathematica early childhood researchers, Annie Li and Shannon Monahan demonstrated a quality measurement observation tool—the Quality of Care for Infants and Toddlers (QCIT, formerly Q-CCIIT). The QCIT measure gives the early childhood community (including coaches, practitioners, program administrators, researchers, and others) a rich view into the quality of early care and education settings that serve infants and toddlers.

Early childhood professionals can use QCIT data to understand how caregivers in center-based classrooms and family child care homes:

  • engage in positive and nurturing interactions;
  • build children’s cognitive skills and problem-solving abilities; and
  • enhance language and literacy development.

Our presenters explored how QCIT data can leverage caregiver strengths, guide administrator decision making, and inform research to enhance professional development.

To learn more about QCIT, visit our webpage, contact us at, or call us toll-free at 1-833-QCIT123 (833-724-8123).