Quality of Care for Infants and Toddlers

Measure caregiver-child interactions in settings that serve infants and toddlers.

The QCIT (formerly Q-CCIIT), is an evidence-based observational measure of the quality of caregiver–child interactions in early care and education settings that serve infants and toddlers. QCIT provides a single measure that can be used in multiple types of settings, and addresses early childhood caregiver competencies across the 0-3 age span.

Early childhood administrators, coaches, practitioners, training and technical assistance providers, researchers, evaluators, and higher education instructors can use QCIT to better understand the quality of interactions between caregivers and young children. This understanding of quality can inform professional development, research, or administrator decision making.


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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Based on research and evidence about interactions with infants and toddlers
Strong 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

QCIT Webinar: Measuring the Quality of Caregiver-Child Interactions

For an overview of the QCIT, watch a 57-minute recording of the March 17, 2020 webinar.

QCIT Recertification Exams

Certifications Extended

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, we are still working on getting annual recertification exams in place. We are extending the QCIT certification status of currently certified and provisional QCIT observers through September 30, 2022. We will provide more information about the recertification process in summer 2022 when exams become available.

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Sally Atkins-Burnett

Sally Atkins-Burnett

Senior Fellow

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Shannon  Monahan

Shannon Monahan

Director, Survey Research / Data Collection

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Ashley Kopack Klein

Ashley Kopack Klein

Senior Researcher

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Felicia Hurwitz

Felicia Hurwitz


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