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Mathematica has focused on improving the preparation and sustaining the professional development of the early childhood workforce. For the Early Head Start evaluation, we developed the Child-Caregiver Observation System (C-COS), which enables researchers to document the quality of interactions between caregivers and children. We used this measure in a study to examine the role of Early Head Start programs in addressing the child care needs of children and families. We evaluated the Early Head Start Enhanced Home Visiting pilot project, an initiative to improve the quality of care provided by caregivers of Early Head Start children. For the Office of Child Care, we explored strategies to improve the quality of care provided by home-based child care providers who serve children from low-income families—including licensed family child care providers and family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. And for First 5 LA, we are examining how enhanced professional development can further support a high quality curriculum.
Using Rapid-Cycle Techniques to Spur and Test Innovation: The Early Learning Lab
The Early Learning Lab is a new venture designed to catalyze the innovation and learning needed to support great teaching and caregiving for all young children. The lab uses new tools and approaches in partnership with others to design, test, and promote the large-scale adoption of effective and scalable...
Professional Development Tools for Improving Quality of Infant and Toddler Care (Q-CCIIT PD Tools)
Following on Mathematica's successful projects to develop and test a measure of the quality of caregiver-child interaction for infants and toddlers (Q-CCIIT), this work improves upon the quality of care by providing caregivers with strategies and tools via an interactive website.
Elizabeth Cavadel specializes in descriptive and evaluation studies on early childhood topics. Her research interests include early childhood intervention; child assessment; cognitive development; family support; and early education policy, particularly for low-income families.Featured ProjectsFeatured Publications
- Measuring the Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT) (Appendices)
- Measuring the Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT)
- Quality Improvement
- Early Childhood
- Child Welfare
- Professional Development
- Quality Measurement
- Child Welfare
- Human Services