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Continuous quality improvement in early learning and expanded learning opportunities across the state

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Continuous quality improvement in early learning and expanded learning opportunities across the state

More Than Data Collection

Cultivate Learning has a world class, multilingual data collection team that is trained on multiple high-profile assessment tools, including Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). This team focuses on continuing improvement in learning environments and growing opportunities for children at any stage of their learning. Data collection is integrated with our research, allowing us to work with providers and policymakers to identify best practices and support required for learning programs to exceed state and national standards.

Our data collection team supports Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in Washington State and across the country through our Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System. We use these same assessment tools to evaluate out-of-school-time programs and learning environments for school-aged children and youth through our Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative.


Over 10,000 Assessments

Every provider is unique. During on-site evaluations, data collectors work with a community liaison and child care providers to evaluate the learning environment, interactions between providers and children, child outcomes, curriculum and staff supports, family engagement and partnership, and the availability and quality of professional development and training. Of our over 10,000 assessments that we have conducted in support of the QRIS program in Washington State, 30% of them have required an assessment in a language other than English. Data collectors assess using ERS, CLASS, and supplemental materials from the provider. This is to prepare providers and coaches to ensure that:

  • Early learning professionals have access to the resources and support they need.
  • Families can find high-quality child care.
  • Children have access to high-quality early learning experiences that help them develop skills to be successful in school and beyond.

Community liaisons work closely with childcare providers for more personalized support and relationship building, and to prepare both data collectors and providers for data collection.

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