Our four programmatic areas are designed to help CPQCC members improve the quality and equity of care for California’s most vulnerable infants and their families and have led to dramatic reductions in mortality and morbidity across the state.  Between 2006 and 2015, our member hospitals contributed to a:

  • 21% reduction in mortality for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants
  • 99% referral of VLBW infants to follow-up care
  • 77% reduction in hypothermic admissions 
  • 29% reduction in severe intraventricular hemorrhage

*Data derived from CPQCC's NICU Database. 


At CPQCC, data is at the heart of what we do. Through our NICU Database, we collect critical information on the care provided in over 90% of California NICUs and on acute transports in and out of these units. This data is used to identify areas of high and low performance, monitor the effects of improvement interventions, and conduct research that advances the quality of neonatal care.  

Learn more about the NICU data we collect. 


The data that we collect provides a rich opportunity for research and analysis. Our research program is built on the understanding that the insights generated will inform improvements in care in NICUs around the world. Research is conducted internally by our team and through partnerships with investigators from across the country. 

Explore our research priorities or apply to be a research collaborator.


CPQCC supports NICUs in delivering the highest quality care.  Through our quality improvement program, we seek to empower our members to use collaborative QI methods and evidence-based toolkits to improve outcomes for their most vulnerable patients. 

Discover our quality improvement offerings.


Infants cared for in the NICU often require additional care once they are discharged home. California Children’s Services covers three assessment visits to a High Risk Infant Follow-Up (HRIF) clinic for these children between discharge and age three to screen for conditions that require specialty care. Our HRIF Reporting System is designed to help these clinics identify opportunities to improve the care they provide. Additionally, linkages between the HRIF Reporting System and our NICU Database put CPQCC at the forefront of improving the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants.

Read more about HRIF care and the HRIF Reporting System.