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Optional Self-Assessment Tools for Group Providers

Self-Assessments are tools for child care programs to step back and take a big-picture look at the quality of care they are providing in their child care center. These tools will help group child care programs determine what areas within their program they would like to improve. Once a program has completed a self-assessment, they can work with a YoungStar Technical Consultant to make a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to improve the quality of their program practices. Plans can focus on improving practices within an individual classroom or the program as a whole, but no matter what the focus, YoungStar staff will be there to help your program shine brighter every day. 

Wisconsin child care providers can preview the following tools by borrowing them on two-week loan from the Child Care Information Center (CCIC).
For additional information, please email CCIC at ccic@dpi.wi.gov or call them tool-free at 1-800-362-7353.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool Implementation Checklist for Group Providers

For Preschool Age Children: Designed for various uses by teachers and administrators/supervisors. Teachers can use the checklist in an ongoing manner to inform their work, help to set up classroom environment, and assess their work with children. Administrators can gain information as part of the program's ongoing self-assessment and continuous improvement process. It will help to support teachers, material purchases, plan staff development, and improve the overall program. The tool covers physical environment, structure, teacher-child interactions, assessment, and family involvement.

For Infants, Toddlers and Twos: Designed to guide the individual professional development of teachers who work with children under age 3. Teachers can use it to reflect on their teaching practices and make suggestions about the design and delivery of professional development services. The tool can help administrators identify each teacher's level of curriculum implementation, areas of strength, and areas where professional development is recommended. It can be used as part of the program's ongoing self-assessment and continuous improvement process. Sections of the tool cover overall physical environment, materials and equipment, how to build partnerships with each family and help teachers reflect on how they are guiding children's learning and behavior, how they observe, the experiences they provide and the routines that are conducted.

Environment Rating Scales (ERS) for Group Providers

These scales define environment in a broad sense and guide the program in assessing the arrangement of space, both indoors and outdoors, the materials and activities offered to the children, the supervision and interactions (including language) that occur in the classroom, and the schedule of the day, including routines and activities. The two scales that would be appropriate for early childhood Group providers are:

  • Infant and Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R) - For use with children birth through 30 months of age
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) - For use with children ages 2-5

ERS Resources

For more information on ERS tools, please click HERE

Program Administration Scale (PAS) for Group Providers

Designed to measure and improve the overall quality of business practices in center-based programs. Administrators can set goals for incrementally improving administrative practices of early care and education programs. This instrument provides a focused look at best practice in the broad view of program quality from an organizational perspective.

HighScope Preschool Program Quality Assessment (PQA) for Group Providers

The Preschool Program Quality Assessment (PQA) is a rating instrument designed to evaluate the quality of early childhood programs and identify staff training needs. The Preschool PQA is reliable and valid, and is appropriate for use in all center-based early childhood settings, including but not limited to those using the HighScope educational approach.The Preschool Program Quality Assessment (PQA) is a rating instrument designed to evaluate the quality of early childhood programs and identify staff training needs. The Preschool PQA is reliable and valid, and is appropriate for use in all center-based early childhood settings, including but not limited to those using the HighScope educational approach.