CALIFORNIA COST OF QUALITY STUDY
STUDY BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
P5 Fiscal Strategies is leading the California Cost of Quality study to develop a cost model that can be used to inform child care subsidy reimbursement rates. More details about the study can be found in the one-page overview linked below in multiple languages.
CHILD CARE PROVIDER SURVEY
A key part of the Cost of Quality study is the child care provider survey. This survey gathers data on the main expenses incurred to operate a child care program. This data will help inform the cost model. We want all providers in the state to complete the survey to ensure we have data that reflects the diversity of programs across California. The survey is available online and can be completed on a computer or mobile device.
The survey asks for expense and budget data about the costs of operating your child care program and is designed to be completed by program directors, owners, or financial managers, with one survey per site (if you run multiple sites, we ask that you complete a separate survey for each site). If you want to see the survey questions before you get started, you can do so here.
All individual responses are kept confidential and will only be available to the study team.
**The survey deadline has been extended to June 29.** To access the survey please click the button below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have compiled a list of FAQ's related to the cost of care survey. Please review these if you have questions about the survey. If the answer is not in the FAQ please reach out directly. The file below includes responses in English, Spanish, Chinese, Farsi and Tagalog.
PROVIDER INPUT SESSIONS
In addition to the provider survey, we are also holding a series of virtual provider input sessions in June to allow for a deeper level of input. These sessions offer an opportunity to share your experience as a provider delivering early care and education services. Questions at this discussion will focus on provider experiences with program operations and expenses to inform the child care cost model. The sessions will be offered in English and Spanish.
To register, please click on the button below for the session of your choice.
In April and May 2022 we hosted information sessions to share more about the Cost of Quality study and ways providers and the broader community can engage with the study. Slide decks and recordings of the information sessions can be accessed below in English and Spanish.