Quality First: Arizona’s Early Learning Quality Improvement and Rating System Implementation and Validation Study

Aug 25, 2017
Dale Epstein,
Danielle Hegseth,
Sarah Friese,
Brenda Miranda,
Tracy Gebhart,
Anne Partika,
Kathryn Tout

Quality First is Arizona’s voluntary Quality Improvement and Rating System, a signature strategy of First Things First. We conducted an evaluation to provide a review and analysis of Quality First to inform implementation and continuous improvement of the initiative. Specifically, there were three main goals to the study:

Goal 1: Conduct a review of Quality First’s conceptual framework and program design.

Goal 2: Assess the Quality First data system.

Goal 3: Conduct a validation of the Quality First Rating Scale to examine if the ratings are fair, accurate and meaningful.

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Dale Epstein
Danielle Hegseth
Sarah Friese
Brenda Miranda
Tracy Gebhart
Anne Partika
Kathryn Tout