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Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are tools states use to assess, improve, and promote quality in early child care and education. The ratings can be used by parents in selecting child care, by providers as a benchmark to achieve better quality care, and by programs as an accountability measure for funding. States and municipalities that adopt these methods need support in determining the most useful ways to build and evaluate models. Mathematica has conducted an assessment of these systems, including helping states better understand the intended and unintended consequences of policy and implementation. We have also examined associations between quality features, thresholds and dosage and child outcomes in the Q-DOT project, and charted teachers’ use of child progress monitoring to improve instructional practice (Child Progress Monitoring). In addition, we have developed measures of family experiences in programs (Head Start Family Voices) and of child-adult interactions in infant/toddler care settings (Q-CCIIT).
American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES)
Mathematica conducted AI/AN FACES 2015, the first national descriptive study of children and families in Region XI Head Start programs. Again in AI/AN FACES 2019, Mathematica will assess the strengths and service needs of children and families in Region XI.
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey: Baby FACES 2018
Mathematica has launched a new five-year descriptive study of Early Head Start, the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES 2018), to guide program technical assistance, management, and policy.
Director of Early Childhood Research
Louisa Tarullo has more than 25 years of experience in early childhood research. An expert in programs and policies to support optimal development and learning in children from birth through the early school years, she serves as Mathematica’s director for early care and education policy research.Featured Projects
- Child Care and Early Education Quality Features, Thresholds, and Dosage and Child Outcomes
- Measurement Development: Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers
- 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 Development
- Early Childhood Systems
- Professional Development
- Quality Measurement
- Human Services