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How do key practitioner characteristics relate to specific dimensions of quality at early care and education program sites?

Data Elements


Quality Measures
Site Structure


Professional Development

Program Site

Quality Improvement
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

General Analysis Recommendations

Gauging practitioners’ skills can be done using data elements such as Degree or Certificate Type, Technical Assistance Hours, Technical Assistance Focus, and Child Care Years of Experience. These characteristics are then compared to the quality of the program site where the practitioner is employed. Comparisons can be made between these characteristics and a program site’s rating (QRIS Score) or the dimensions of quality used to determine the overall rating (e.g. Curriculum, Use of Assessment, Program Administration Scale Items, CLASS Average, ECERS-R Average). The elements used to analyze dimensions will depend on the unique set of QRIS indicators in each state.