The 10 Fundamentals

Fundamental 6: Program site data on the structure, quality and work environment

Program site-level information about ECE programs includes data on program structure, quality and work environment characteristics, including ECE workforce information.

Examples of structural data include location; ages of children served; length and duration of the program(s) offered at the site; funding sources; and the availability of special services such as parent participation, mental health consultation or health services. Examples of program quality data include national accreditation information, child-adult classroom ratios, curriculum and staff-child interaction measures. Examples of work environment characteristics include the availability of professional development opportunities for staff, wages and benefits, and turnover.

Such data allow states to monitor the availability and quality of ECE program sites and services offered to children and to track this information over time. These data help policymakers better understand the impact of public investments in various quality-improvement initiatives. They also allow states to observe the relationships among various site and staff characteristics and child outcomes.