QCIT (Quality of Care for Infants and Toddlers)

Responsive caregiving at heart.

A measure that gives the early childhood community a rich view into the quality of early care and education settings.

The QCIT (formerly Q-CCIIT), is a single evidence-based observational measure for use in child care and early education settings that serve infants and toddlers. The QCIT uses rich data to open a window into the responsiveness of caregivers and the indicators of quality interactions in caregiver-child relationships.

Early childhood administrators, coaches, practitioners, training and technical assistance providers, researchers, evaluators, and higher education instructors can use the QCIT to inform research, enhance professional development by leveraging caregiver strengths, or guide administrator decision making.

To maintain your status as a current QCIT observer or partner trainer, register for the recertification exam here.


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Based on research and evidence about interactions with infants and toddlers
Has strong evidence of reliability and validity
Appropriate for a variety of classroom settings, including center-based and home-based child care
Flexible for use in culturally and linguistically diverse settings
Alignment with evidence-based frameworks and resources such as the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF)
Training, manual, instructions for use, and support available

Play the video to learn how the QCIT is unique and hear why early childhood professionals are excited to use it.


Use of QCIT Rating Forms Permission is Extended

Certified and provisional observers must use a QCIT rating form to conduct a QCIT observation. After certified and provisional observers completed the QCIT training, they received permission to use the QCIT rating form through September 30, 2022; this date is now extended until further notice. Eventually, observers will be required to purchase a limited license to download and use the QCIT rating form to conduct their desired number of observations. When this license is available for purchase, it will be announced by email and on this website. Please contact the QCIT team if you have questions.

Questions about QCIT?

Contact us to get more information about this measurement tool, or call us toll-free at 1-833-QCIT123 (833-724-8123).

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Sally Atkins-Burnett

Sally Atkins-Burnett

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Shannon Monahan

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Ashley Kopack Klein

Ashley Kopack Klein

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Felicia Hurwitz

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