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Provider Cost of Quality Calculator

These resources support the use of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) by providing an overview of its capabilities, instructions on entering data, and information on how specific program elements influence net revenue. Target audiences include CCDF State and Territory Administrators and staff, policy-makers, advocates, CCR&R staff, and child care organizations and networks.

Understanding the Potential of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator

PowerPoint Presentation for Understanding the Potential of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator National Webinar

This PowerPoint Presentation was presented as part of the Understanding the Potential of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator National Webinar conducted in March 2015.


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Provider Cost of Quality Calculator demonstration video

This five minute video provides an overview of the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC), including how to enter data into the PCQC and how to access resources to support the use of the PCQC.


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Start using the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is a tool that calculates the cost of care by levels of quality based on site-level provider data. The tool can help state policymakers, child care providers, and other stakeholders understand the costs associated with delivering high-quality child care services.


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Increasing Quality in Early Care and Education Programs: Effects on Expenses and Revenues - The brief discusses the effects of the following variables on provider financial health and viability: Increased levels of quality; Ratios and group sizes; and Compensation increases.

Early Care and Education Program Characteristics - The brief discusses the effects of the following variables on provider financial health and viability: Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); Program size and ages of children accepted into care; Enrollment efficiency; and Bad debt or uncollected revenues.