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Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, April 2021
Reports & Papers

This report aims to answer the following questions, summarize findings from analyses conducted in November 2019, highlight gaps in the available information on quality investments, and offer implications for future research. 1) What were states’…

Lee Erica, Q2 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

This study used a sequential explanatory equal-status mixed-method design to investigate whether Maryland’s child care tiered reimbursement system incentivized child care centers to be rated at least 3 (and receive an incentive payment) on…

Gomez Celia J., Whitaker Anamarie A., Cannon Jill S., Faxon-Mills Susannah, Bhandarkar Mallika, 2021
Reports & Papers
Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is a county-level quality rating and improvement system that supports center-based and family child care providers serving children from birth to age five. The RAND Corporation conducted a developmental evaluation…
Gomez Celia J., Whitaker Anamarie A., Cannon Jill S., Faxon-Mills Susannah, Bhandarkar Mallika, 2021
Executive Summary
Over the course of the evaluation, we addressed ten research questions organized under two broad headings: (1) the assessment process and tier ratings and (2) coaching (Table S.1). To address these research questions, the RAND study team engaged in…
Gomez Celia J., Whitaker Anamarie A., Cannon Jill S., Faxon-Mills Susannah, Bhandarkar Mallika, 2021
Other
Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is a county-level quality rating and improvement system that supports center-based and family child care providers serving children from birth to age five. The RAND Corporation conducted a developmental evaluation…
Jenkins Jade Marcus, Duer Jennifer K., Connors Maia C., Q1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Even with rapid and widespread expansion of states’ quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS)—tiered frameworks that assess, communicate, and improve early childhood education (ECE) quality—there exists no population-level information…

Whittingham Colleen E., Hoffman Emily Brown, Winter 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Applying Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model, this article describes how one Head Start classroom successfully navigated external accountability mandates and privileged student academic achievement and overall well-being by attending to person (…
Hoffman Emily Brown, Whittingham Colleen E., Winter 2020
Executive Summary
Peer Reviewed
This research to practice summary describes how an 8-week case study used field notes, interviews, and video-based fieldwork to examine local instructional practices and to investigate the policies and protocols which facilitate these practices. We…
Borowsky Jonathan, July 2020
Reports & Papers

This dissertation includes the following three studies that used Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program administrative data, licensing administrative data, and QRIS administrative data: "Who Benefits From Child Care Quality Ratings," which…

Merrill Becca, Cohen-Vogel Lora, Little Michael, Sadler James R., Lee Kenya, June, 2020
Other
Peer Reviewed
Most states in the U.S. now have some form of publicly funded Pre-Kindergarten. This brief asks what they have done to ensure the quality of their programs. It does so by mapping state adoption of three popular program quality assurance features:…
Fiene Richard, June, 2020
Reports & Papers
This report will provide the results of several cohorts from a large-scale validation study of Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth and Families child care Risk Assessment Licensing Decision Making Tiers System (RALDMTS). The validation…
Markowitz Anna J., Bassok Daphna, Player Daniel, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
High-quality preschool experiences can promote children's short- and long-term development, yet many children in the United States still lack access to high-quality care. Many states have turned to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in an…
Stipek Deborah J., May, 2020
Reports & Papers
This report reviews all of the state QRIS validation studies that examined associations between individual rating elements and child outcomes as well as other research that exists on four elements of the California QRIS, referred to as Quality…
Stipek Deborah J., May, 2020
Executive Summary
This report reviews all of the state QRIS validation studies that examined associations between individual rating elements and child outcomes as well as other research that exists on four elements of the California QRIS, referred to as Quality…
Whitaker Anamarie A., Gomez Celia J., Cannon Jill S., 2020
Reports & Papers
In 2018, the RAND Corporation entered into an RPP with Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA), Los Angeles (LA) County’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early learning providers serving children from birth to age five. Specifically, we…