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Infants and toddlers

In 2021, 44 QIS (98%) included indicators for centers and 43 (95%) included indicators for FCCs. Twenty-six of those QIS (58%) include indicators related to infant and toddler curriculum for centers and 24 QIS (53%) include indicators related to infant and toddler curriculum for FCCs. Twenty-nine QIS (64%) include developmental screening for infants and toddlers for centers and 26 QIS (58%) include developmental screening for infants and toddlers for FCCs.

What are the features specific to infants and toddlers in centers?

For centers, the most common approved curricula for infants and toddlers were the High Scope Infant/Toddler Curriculum (27%), Montessori (23%) and Program for Infants and Toddlers (PITC; 15%). The most common approved infant and toddler developmental screening tools for centers were the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (41%) and the Brigance Screens (17%). Six QIS (21%) require the use of a valid and reliable developmental or behavioral screening tool. Many QIS indicated using developmental screening tools other than what was listed (79%), such as annual developmental screenings or the Developmental Assessment of Young Children. 

What are the features specific to infants and toddlers in FCCs?

For FCCS, the most common approved curricula for infants and toddlers were the Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care (29%), the High Scope Infant/Toddler Curriculum (25%), and self-developed curricula (25%). Most QIS indicated using curricula other than what was listed (83%). The most common approved infant and toddler developmental screening tools were the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (38%) and the Brigance Screens (19%). Six QIS (23%) require the use of a valid and reliable developmental or behavioral screening tool. Again, many QIS indicated using developmental screening tools other than what was listed (73%).