Saskatchewan Quality Indicators Study

Attached is the Saskatchewan Quality Indicators Study (The Saskatchewan Early Care and Education Quality Indicators Tool and Validation) which validates the new program quality tool developed in this Canadian province.

An excerpt taken from the Report’s Abstract:

This validation study involved 30 programs, 90 classrooms and 180 observations of infant, toddler, and
preschool classrooms utilizing the ECERS/ITERS and the SKECPQI instruments. Six trained observers
collected the data over a two-month period. The analyses clearly demonstrated that the new SKECPQI
instrument is a valid and reliable measure of program quality. PQI #2 clearly showed it predictive power
in this study. The SKECPQI and PQI #2 correlated very highly with the ITERS and ECERS. The SKECPQI appears to correlate more highly with regulatory compliance violations than the ECERS or ITERS. The ceiling/plateauing effect is not as evident with the SKECPQI as it is with ECERS/ITERS. The Regulatory Compliance Scale (RCS) is a better sorter for regulatory compliance than the violation data. There is a good deal of internal consistency within the SKECPQI Tool just as it is with the ERSs. The Regulatory Compliance Theory of Diminishing Returns was validated in comparing RCS with ECERS/ITERS. Both the SKECPQI Scale and the Regulatory Compliance Scale are introduced as new improvements to measuring quality and regulatory compliance.

About Dr Fiene

Dr. Rick Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in various states, nationally, and internationally. He has done extensive research and publishing on the key components in improving child care quality through an early childhood program quality indicator model of training, technical assistance, quality rating & improvement systems, professional development, mentoring, licensing, risk assessment, differential program monitoring, and accreditation. Dr. Fiene is a retired professor of human development & psychology (Penn State University) where he was department head and director of the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute.
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