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Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood

The Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) was a five-year project to generate and disseminate new knowledge and robust evidence about programs and strategies that contribute to child maltreatment prevention and optimal development for infants and young children (0-5) and their families. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, USDHHS, the QIC-EC was awarded to the Center for the Study of Social Policy, partnering with ZERO to THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. Each of the partner organizations have vast expertise in early childhood, child abuse and neglect prevention and strengthening families.

Over the course of the project, the QIC-EC:

  • Funded four research and demonstration projects that investigated and evaluated the impact of collaborative, innovative programs and strategies on promoting optimal development, strengthening families and reducing the likelihood of abuse and neglect
  • Conducted a rigorous cross-site evaluation of the funded projects
  • Disseminated information though a national learning network to engage a broad maltreatment prevention constituency and share lessons learned 
  • Funded five doctoral dissertation fellows who conducted research in primary prevention or promoting child and family well-being in families with young children who are at high-risk for abuse or neglect
  • Developed numerous products, including a strengths-based survey to measure parents’ assessment of their protect protective factors

QIC-EC Final Report

QIC-EC Resources and Publications

Research and Demonstrations Projects

         Project DULCE (Boston, MA)
The Family Networks Project (Columbia, SC)
Fostering Hope (Salem and McMinnville, OR)
The Strong Start Study (Denver, CO)
Commissioned Papers

Key Trends in Prevention: Report for the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood - The Literature Review for the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood was written by Deborah Daro, Erin Barringer and Brianna English of the Chapin Hall Center for Children.

The following papers were commissioned by the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood during year one (2008-2009) of its operation:

Selected Resources 
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood. The Journal of Zero to Three, Charlyn Harper Browne, 2014

  • Preventing Child Neglect: It’s More Than a Family Matter, National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, 2013

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