Researchers explored the changing context of quality measurement and delineated a set of challenges that must be addressed as measures were used for purposes such as making ratings of quality levels widely available, and using quality ratings to make funding and programmatic decisions.
As the measurement of quality goes to scale in quality initiatives, there is a need to reexamine quality measures to ask how they were functioning in a policy context. Information is needed on what aspects of quality existing measures cover well and what they do not cover well, the reliability of data collection at this scale, and the extent to which measures predict to the child outcomes that early childhood policies are focusing on.
Report Title: Measuring the Quality of Early Care and Education Programs at the Intersection of Research, Policy, and Practice http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/quality_measures.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9771 (Report completed December 15, 2010)