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How to Measure Caregiver–Child Interactions in Settings that Serve Infants and Toddlers

"The observation tool is a great resource for the education supervisors, program directors and coaches to use to support teachers' and FCC providers' intentional teaching practices with a special focus on the quality of child and caregiver relationships.”
– Stacy Dimino (Non-profit consultant)

What is Q-CCIIT?

The Quality of Caregiver–Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers, or Q-CCIIT, is an evidence-based observational measure of the quality of caregiver–child interactions in early care and education settings that serve infants and toddlers.

Who can use Q-CCIIT?

Early childhood administrators, coaches or mentors, practitioners, training and technical assistance providers, researchers, evaluators, and higher education instructors are some examples of those who can use Q-CCIIT to better understand the quality of interactions between caregivers and children up to 36 months of age. This understanding of quality can inform professional development, research, or administrator decision making.

Watch a recording of the 3/17/2020 Webinar: Q-CCIIT: Measuring the Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions.

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Q-CCIIT Features

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  • Based on research and evidence about interactions with infants and toddlers
  • Strong reliability and validity
  • Appropriate for a variety of classroom settings, including center-based and home-based child care
  • Flexible for use in culturally and linguistically diverse settings
  • Alignment with evidence-based frameworks and resources such as the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF)
  • Training, manual, instructions for use, and support available

Filling a gap in early childhood measurement:

Q-CCIIT fills a measurement gap, providing a single measure that can be used in multiple types of settings, and addresses early childhood caregiver competencies, across the 0-3 age span.

Research and Practice Using Q-CCIIT

The Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) provides Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) Effective Practice Guides that detail domain-specific teaching practices. See the ELOF Effective Practice Guide/Q-CCIIT Crosswalk to learn how the guides connect to the Q-CCIIT.

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Meet the Experts:
Sally Atkins-Burnett
Senior Fellow
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Shannon Monahan
Associate Director and Senior Survey Researcher
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