Evaluation of Tennessee’s Infant and Toddler Credential Pilot Finds Positive Outcomes
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In an effort to learn whether the state’s proposed Infant and Toddler Credential has a positive impact on providers’ practices and quality of care, Tennessee conducted an evaluation of the one-year pilot. The pre-post design external evaluation yielded positive findings on all key outcome measures. Global environment quality scores (measured using the ITERS-R and FDCRS) had significantly increased by the completion of the pilot, and participating providers were more sensitive and less harsh and detached when interacting with children. Providers’ belief in their ability to make positive changes also increased, as well as their ratings of their relationships with parents. Tennessee is the first state to conduct such an evaluation of an infant-toddler credential program. The findings suggest that the activities in the pilot project will produce positive changes in the overall quality of child care programs.