Michigan’s Great Start to Quality Assessment Component Transitioned to the HighScope Educational Research Foundation

The Center for Early Education Evaluation at HighScope now administers the PQA®

Ypsilanti, Michigan — March 11, 2015 — In January 2015, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) established a partnership with the HighScope Educational Research Foundation to support the assessment component of Great Start to Quality, Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool programs. As part of this partnership, HighScope is responsible for the hiring, training, and monitoring of assessors conducting the Program Quality Assessment (PQA®), a series of tools developed by HighScope, for Great Start to Quality.  The goal of this partnership is to strengthen and maintain the integrity of the assessment component of Great Start to Quality.  The Center for Early Education Evaluation (CEEE), the research and evaluation arm at HighScope, will administer and oversee the transition and implementation.

Tomoko Wakabayashi, EdD, Director of the CEEE at HighScope states, “We have a regular communication system in place with ECIC, and have our best staff working on the transition and implementation. We have been able to transition the contracts of an experienced assessment coordinator and assessment specialists from ECIC to continue their respective roles with us. The CEEE is known to maintain objectivity as researchers, and we’re excited that we may have the opportunity to make suggestions to the process as well as adjustments to the PQA tools based on data we help collect.”

The HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization, established in 1970, with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Foundation’s principal goals are to promote the learning and development of children worldwide, provide professional learning for teachers, and support parents as they help children learn. HighScope is well-known for the influential HighScope Perry Preschool Study, which first established the lasting value of high-quality early childhood education for children in poverty. Find us at highscope.org.

Contact Information:
HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Carrie Hernandez, Director of Sales and Marketing
600 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734.485.2000, Ext. 255
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