Environment Rating Scale Training

Interested in improving the quality of your child care program? Sometimes small changes can make a big difference!  

The Environment Rating Scales are nationally recognized tools used to assess and improve the quality of child care programs. Environment Rating Scale workshops offer step-by-step guidance for making helpful changes that can make a real difference in the work you do with young children. 

There are four environment rating scales, each designed for a different segment of the early childhood field:child care setting

  • ECERS-3 – Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale
  • FCCERS-R – Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale
  • ITERS-R – Infant and Toddler Environment Rating Scale
  • SACERS-U – School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale 


Find and register for an Environment Rating Scale Class on the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry.

What does the training involve?
Each workshop series consists of four 2-hour workshops. Workshops are fun, interactive and “hands-on”. Learners will have an opportunity to:

  • talk and share with other early childhood professionals
  • begin a self–assessment
  • participate in an on-site observation
  • practice using the scale
  • begin a program improvement plan
  • complete class assignments to reinforce learning

Each learner will receive:

  • helpful handouts
  • self–assessment form
  • program improvement plan


  • 8 hours Iowa Department of Human Services child care licensing credit
  • approved for National Administrator's Credential NAC continuing education units
  • approved for Iowa State University Continuing Education Units
  • Meets Iowa QRS requirements (2 points)

How does this training meet Iowa QRS requirements?

  • A director or assistant director can earn two QRS points for their program by completing one of the ITERS-R, ECERS-R or SACERS training series. However, program staff are also welcome to attend if there are available openings.
  • Family child care providers are encouraged to attend the FCCERS-R training and will earn two QRS points for their program by completing the class and all homework assignments.
  • Learners who complete a self-assessment and a program improvement plan have the opportunity to earn additional QRS points.

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