The Center for Improving Child Care Quality (CICCQ) in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies has been partnering with community agencies to do research and evaluation for nearly twenty years.

The center is directed by Dr. Carollee Howes, a nationally and internationally recognized early childhood expert who has been an advisor on several national studies, including the National Head Start Families and Children's Experiences project.

CICCQ takes a collaborative approach to the evaluation process, building relationships with community partners to inform research, practice, and professional development.

Using interdisciplinary methods for evaluation, CICCQ's research staff brings substantial experience in the use of authentic child outcome measures and measures of global quality in a variety of child care and early education environments.

CICCQ personnel possess research and evaluation expertise and sensitivity to working in diverse communities throughout Los Angeles, California, and the U.S., by partnering with schools, community programs, and agencies to improve the lives of children.