ELV contracted with Policy Equity Group to evaluate the Early Head Start Quality Child Care Partnership model during its first year of implementation. According to the evaluation, Policy Equity Group found that in just one year of implementation, ELV helped the child care providers in the EHS-CC Partnership model develop stronger business practices and form a network of connections to other community agencies. These building blocks supported providers in strengthening their capacity to deliver comprehensive services to children, offer meaningful family engagement opportunities, and increase the staff capacity through high-quality professional development. In turn, these changes were likely the drivers behind the improvements in classroom quality and high ratings of parent satisfaction.
It is also worth noting that the impact of the model reached beyond the 240 children who were directly funded through EHS dollars. All families enrolled at the child care sites benefited from program-wide continuous improvement planning, more qualified teachers, stronger curriculum implementation, an enhanced learning environment, and parent engagement and education opportunities.