Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Measuring the multifaceted nature of infant and toddler care quality

Share
Description:
The quality of group care infants and toddlers experience relates to their concurrent and later development. Recent quality improvement initiatives point to the need for ecologically valid measures that assess the multifaceted nature of child care quality. In this article, we present the psychometric properties of an infant and toddler quality assessment tool, the Program for Infant and Toddler Care Program Assessment Rating Scale (PITC PARS). Descriptive data on 222 center-based classrooms and family child care programs were used to examine concurrent validity, and a subsample of 101 center-based classrooms serving infants was used to examine the factor structure of this measure. Examination of the bivariate correlations with other commonly used measures of infant and toddler child care quality provided evidence of concurrent validity. Factor analysis suggested that the PITC PARS measures 3 distinct yet related dimensions of global child care quality. Practice or Policy: The results of this study suggest that the PITC PARS can continue to be used by practitioners for self-study. Furthermore, the PITC PARS may be an effective tool in the context of policy initiatives aimed at improving the quality of infant/toddler care programs. (author abstract)
Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
Country:
United States
State(s):
California

Related resources include summaries, versions, measures (instruments), or other resources in which the current document plays a part. Research products funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation are related to their project records.

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection. They are found by comparing the topic, author, and resource type of the currently selected resource to the rest of the library’s publications.

The voices of early care and education: A qualitative perspective on providing and accessing high-quality early care and education

Reports & Papersview

The quest for equity and quality: Examining provider experiences and participation in Texas Rising Star

Reports & Papersview

Early educators’ perspectives on quality improvement: Findings from the District of Columbia Child Care Policy Research Partnership

Reports & Papersview
Release: 'v1.9.0' | Built: 2022-06-13 15:23:18 EDT