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Final report of stakeholder interviews: Evaluation of Quality Counts

Quality Counts (QC) is a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) and professional development initiative in Miami-Dade County, Florida that has been active in the child care provider community for almost 4 years. This system is designed and funded by The Children's Trust, Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Miami-Dade/Monroe, and the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation/Ready Schools Miami. The purpose of the stakeholder interviews was to obtain information regarding the impacts of Quality Counts implementation to date, collaboration and communication within and between organizations, and sustainability of QC. In addition, questions were asked about Quality Counts 2.0 (QC 2.0), which is the next iteration of the initiative that incorporates broad changes based on national research, local data analyses, and lessons learned during QC's initial operational years. We sought to obtain stakeholders' perspectives on their contribution to the design of QC 2.0, anticipated impacts (benefits and challenges), and continued provider perceptions of QC. This round of interviews was a follow-up to telephone interviews conducted in February/March of 2009, when we talked to 23 individuals from 13 agencies. This current report on stakeholder interviews is based on phone interviews with 24 individuals (13 of whom were also interviewed in 2009) from 15 agencies (12 of which were included in the 2009 interviews). The interviews were conducted between October and December, 2011. (author abstract)
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