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Little girl fingerpainting.Formal Rating and Environment Rating Scales

In YoungStar, a formal rating requires a child care program to have an Environment Rating Scale (ERS) observation performed within some of their classrooms. ERS tools provide an overall picture of the environment within an early childhood setting. ERS tools are used in YoungStar for those programs who want to earn a 4 or 5 Star rating. In-depth information about the scales is available on the Environment Rating Scales Institute (ERSI) website.

The following document contains tips for programs that have decided to pursue a Formal Rating in YoungStar: Tips for Preparing for a Formal Rating


Introducing the Newly Updated ERS-3 Tools

YoungStar moved to the newly updated Environment Rating Scale (ERS) tools on January 2021. The following handouts are meant as an overview of some of the changes you can expect. 
*Note: The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS) has not been updated and therefore YoungStar will continue to use the SACERS-U.


Resources for Environment Rating Scale-R Tools 

Choose the Environment Rating Scale that best fits the type of care you provide and the age of children in your care:

Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS)

Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R)

Additional Resources

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R)

Additional Resources

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS)

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R)

Additional Resources

School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)

School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale-Updated (SACERS-U)

Additional Resources

Tip Sheets from Child Care Resources, Inc.


General ERS Resources