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What family characteristics or other factors are associated with selection/use of particular early care and education arrangements?

Data Elements

Program Site

General Analysis Recommendations

The types of factors that could influence parents’ decisions include demographic characteristics, knowledge/awareness of a QRIS, use of a QRIS, and their personal reasons for choosing a program site. Below are some examples of analyses that could be performed to examine how these factors influence families’ selection of care. Information about parents’ knowledge and satisfaction typically comes from a survey or interview of parents conducted on a regular basis (yearly, bi-yearly, etc.) by the state or an external evaluator. A variety of elements can be used to create sub-groups of parents. These elements could include Year Schedule, Early Childhood Setting, and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity in addition to other program characteristics.