Study of the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC)

WestEd has contracted with Berkeley Policy Associates to conduct this independent evaluation as one of the rigorous research studies of the 2005-2010 Western Regional Educational Laboratory (WREL) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. BPA will lead a study team that includes the University of Texas at Austin and SRM Boulder. The Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) was developed by WestEd in 1985 in partnership with the California Department of Education, and is a major provider of infant and toddler caregiver training throughout California and the U.S. PITC is a responsive, relationship-based approach to infant and toddler child care and is based on extensive developmental research, theory, and practice. The Study of PITC is a four-year random assignment evaluation designed to estimate the PITC's impact on child care quality and on children's development, particularly on children's language, cognitive, and social skills that are closely associated with school readiness. The study will use a cluster-based random assignment design, with a sample of 240 child care programs (150 family child care homes and 90 centers) and approximately 1,000 children under the age of three. Study participants will be recruited in Southern California and Arizona.

Co-Principal Investigators for the study are Hans Bos, CEO of BPA and Professor Aletha C. Huston of the University of Texas at Austin. Project Director is Phyllis Weinstock of BPA.