Gabriela Lopez

Director, Early Care and Education Program Quality Assessment, Center for Child & Family Studies

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Gabriela López is a Director for Early Care and Education Program Quality Assessment with the WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) Evaluation Team. López’s current work and expertise is directing teams of assessors for quality rating systems, building systems and protocols that support reliable and valid observational assessments of early learning environments, and formative program evaluation for continuous quality improvement. She directs the First 5 San Francisco Program Quality Assessment project, where the assessment team observes 540 classrooms and family child care programs annually. Lopez also directs several projects related to observational assessments of the quality of environments, program structure, and relationships in early care and education programs serving infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. She contributes to the content development of the Program for Infant Toddler Care Program Assessment Rating Scale (PITC PARS) User’s Guide, training module, and reference materials, which support assessors in collecting sufficient and appropriate documentation to accurately and reliably complete the PITC PARS assessment instrument and coaching reports. She is the PITC PARS instrument anchor, providing reliability training to assessment anchors external to WestEd. López has extensive experience working with diverse populations and settings including large urban Latino communities. She is knowledgeable in working collaboratively with community-based organizations to negotiate the delivery of services in both school-based and community settings. Prior to joining WestEd, López served as an Education Specialist with Head Start. While there, she monitored Head Start centers and assessed classroom environments, staff-child interactions, and developed technical assistance plans with staff.