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.
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)
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.
Gretchen Kirby has extensive experience studying the implementation and outcomes of programs and policies in early childhood, child care, and employment programs for low-income people. Her work focuses on measuring quality, implementation, and costs in early care and education programs.Featured Projects
- Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education
- Exploring Measurement of Performance Outcomes and Work Requirements in Programs Promoting Economic Independence (EMPOWERED)
- Quality Ratings and System Characteristics: Patterns in the Round 1 Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge States
- Moving On Up? Program Quality Ratings Under Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge
- Early Childhood
- Quality Measurement
- Early Childhood Systems
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Training and Reemployment
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research