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.
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.
Professional Development Tools for Improving Quality of Infant and Toddler Care (Q-CCIIT PD Tools)
Universal Preschool Child Outcomes Study (UPCOS)
The Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) was created to increase the number of preschool slots available in the most underserved Los Angeles' communities. Since 2007, Mathematica has conducted this study to provide descriptive information about the diverse population LAUP serves.