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Cost of Preschool Quality Tool

CEELO has developed the Cost of Preschool Quality (CPQ) estimator, a free Excel-based tool, to help users determine costs and funding sources related to implementing high-quality early learning programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

The CPQ is free to use after completing a licensing agreement and user questionnaire.

CPQ Resources

  • Description of the CPQ explains what the estimator does and how it can be used.
  • CPQ Quick Start Guide provides an overview of the CPQ worksheets in the tool and walks users through how to enter data.
  • User Guide includes an overview of how to get started, step-by-step instructions for calculating costs, and case studies of two ways to answer policy questions related to the cost of high quality preschool.
  • Glossary/Codebook describes each of the input assumptions of the CPQ in greater detail. The Glossary also contains information about the source of the default value for each input assumption and which subsequent modeling calculations are directly impacted the input assumption. Additional notes are provided to help the user understand other key aspects and issues.
  • Communications Toolkit helps users present cost and revenue data from CPQ in a variety of communication formats. The toolkit offers talking points, quotes from national experts, resources for more information, and graphics, along with a press release template, suggested social media posts and printable handouts.
  • Case Study: How to Use CPQ describes how CEELO helped Indiana early childhood administrators use the CPQ to inform state policy decisions and enhance early learning.
  • Licensing agreement and user questionnaire – Email both forms to Carol Contreras at ccontreras@nieer.org and she will send you the CPQ.

CPQ Webinars & Presentations

  • Cost of Preschool Quality: Using a Tool to Project Costs for Scaling and Sustaining High Quality Preschool Programs shares and demonstrates the Cost of Preschool Quality (CPQ) and how this tool could be used by states to: (1) Estimate the additional funding that would be required to raise standards in an existing program so that these more closely align with the best practice quality standards, (2) Assess the costs of various state specific policy proposals, and (3) Provide information on what will be needed from other sources to sustain funding after federal grant funds end. (November 2016, presentation)
  • Why Understanding the Costs of Preschool Quality is Important presents and demonstrates the use of the Cost of Preschool Quality Tool (CPQ) by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, an Excel based model that can be used at the state or district level to estimate the cost of expanding high quality preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. (July 2016, Webinar)

Useful Resources on Financing ECE