Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: A Review of the Literature

OPRE Report 2016-31
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
May 24, 2016
Authors
Pia Caronongan, Gretchen Kirby, Kimberly Boller, Emily Modlin, and Julia Lyskawa

Key Findings:

  • 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.
This report reviews the literature and research syntheses in three areas—ECE quality, implementation science, and ECE costs—to create a conceptual framework that will guide measurement development. 
Project

Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education

Funders

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

Time Frame

2014-2018

Senior Staff

Julia Lyskawa
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Gretchen Kirby
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Pia Caronongan
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