Provider Cost of Quality Calculator

PCQC screenshot 2The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) is a dynamic Web-based tool that calculates the costs of providing child care from a provider’s perspective.  Funded by the U.S. Office of Child Care (OCC), the tool helps state policymakers understand the costs associated with delivering high-quality early care and education.

The PCQC can demonstrate whether there is a gap between the cost of providing quality services and the revenue sources available to support a program. Knowing the size of the gap at different quality levels for various provider types can inform the design of financial support and incentive packages.  The PCQC is useful to States that have a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and to States that want to understand the cost of operating a particular type of quality program, such as prekindergarten.

Andrew Brodsky helped develop the PCQC, along with project partners Anne Mitchell and APA Consulting.

For more information …
  • User Guide and Technical Report (coming soon)
  • Results Briefs (coming soon)