QCIT (Quality of Care for Infants and Toddlers)

Responsive caregiving at heart.

A measure that gives the early childhood community a rich view into the quality of early care and education settings.

The QCIT (formerly Q-CCIIT), is a single evidence-based observational measure for use in child care and early education settings that serve infants and toddlers. The QCIT uses rich data to open a window into the responsiveness of caregivers and the indicators of quality interactions in caregiver-child relationships.

Early childhood administrators, coaches, practitioners, training and technical assistance providers, researchers, evaluators, and higher education instructors can use the QCIT to inform research, enhance professional development by leveraging caregiver strengths, or guide administrator decision making.

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The QCIT user's guide, rating forms, additional trainings, and recertification exams are now available for purchase in our online store.

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Based on research and evidence about interactions with infants and toddlers
Has strong evidence of 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

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Use of QCIT Rating Forms

Certified and provisional observers must use a QCIT rating form to conduct a QCIT observation. After March 15, 2023, observers must purchase a limited license to download and use the QCIT rating form to conduct each observation. Observers use one rating form per observation. You may purchase this license at the QCIT store. Please contact the QCIT team if you have questions.

Questions about QCIT?

Contact us to get more information about this measurement tool, or call us toll-free at 1-833-QCIT123 (833-724-8123).

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Shannon Monahan

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Ashley Kopack Klein

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Annie Li

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