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The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood


Established in 2008, the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) was a 5-year cooperative agreement between the Children’s Bureau and three partner organizations: Center for the Study of Social Policy (lead agency); National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds; and ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.

The QIC-EC was established to test evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches that build protective factors and reduce risk factors in order to promote optimal child development, increase family strengths, and decrease the likelihood of abuse and neglect among infants and young children (ages birth to 5 years old). To this end, the QIC-EC funded four research and demonstration projects:

  • Project DULCE: Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone
  • The Family Networks Project
  • Fostering Hope: Concentrating Services in High Poverty Neighborhoods
  • The Strong Start Study


The QIC-EC was funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect. The QIC-EC was supported by matching funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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