IMPAQ* conducted this independent evaluation for WestEd as one of the rigorous research studies of the Western Regional Educational Laboratory (REL West) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. The Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) was developed by WestEd in 1985 in partnership with the California Department of Education, and is a major provider of infant and toddler caregiver training throughout the U.S. The Study of PITC was a random assignment evaluation designed to estimate the PITC's impact on child care quality and on children's language, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. The study used a cluster-based random assignment design, with three waves of data collection, and recruited a sample of 240 child care programs (150 family child care homes and 90 child care centers) and approximately 1,000 children under the age of three. Measures included program observations, direct child assessments, and teacher and parent surveys. Study sites were in California and Arizona. IMPAQ* led a study team that included the University of Texas at Austin and SRM Boulder.
*IMPAQ attained this contract after the acquisition of Berkeley Policy Associates in 2013