Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: A Review of the Literature
- Research reveals some associations between the features of an ECE center and quality, or children’s outcomes, but the lack of clear evidence means that ECE-ICHQ data collection must start broad.
- Factors at the center level that can affect implementation are important to measure.
- Current measurement of the cost-to-quality relationship provides little direction for those who wish to invest in quality.
- There is a need to align measures of implementation and cost to inform the direction of efforts to improve quality.
Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation