Professional Development Tools for Improving Quality of Infant and Toddler Care (Q-CCIIT PD Tools)

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Mathematica has done extensive work assessing the quality of caregiver-child interactions, including the development of a reliable and valid observational measure for quality of care provided to infants and toddlers (Q-CCIIT) in nonparental care.

This project builds on that measure to offer practitioners research-based professional development strategies and tools to improve quality of care.  It will include design of an interactive website, as well as supportive mentoring and coaching. We are also designing and conducting a field test to examine the use of these tools, extending assessment of reliability and validity of the measure, and designing a large-scale implementation and evaluation study of both the measure and the tools.

Partners include ZERO TO THREE, the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and consultants Margaret Burchinal, Martha Zaslow, and Jay Buzhardt.