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 

Classes

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

Upcoming Classes

Classes are approved by Iowa Department of Human Services for child care licensing credit; by National Administrator’s Credential and Iowa State University for continuing education units; meets Iowa QRS requirements.

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale - Revised (FCCERS-R) Online
Instructors: Malisa Rader and Joy Rouse
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019
 | 7:00-9:00 PM
Target Audience: Family Child Care Providers and Staff

Delivery: Live Online

In-home child care providers will learn how to use the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) to improve the quality of their care for children birth to age 12.

School-Age Environment Rating Scale-U (SACERS-U) Online
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020 | 
7:00-9:00 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader and Cindy Thompson
Target Audience: School-age Center Staff and Directors
Delivery: Live Online

School-age care program teachers and staff will learn how to use the School-age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS-U) to improve the quality of care for school-age children (ages 5-12 years) in before and after school and summer care programs.

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) Online
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 | 
7:00-9:00 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader and Barb Dunn Swanson
Target Audience: Preschool-age Center Staff and Directors
Delivery: Live Online

Preschool and child care directors, teachers, and staff will learn how to use the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) to improve the quality of programs for preschool children.

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale - Revised (FCCERS-R) Online
May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 | 
7:00-9:00 PM
Instructors: Malisa Rader and Mackenzie Johnson
Target Audience: Family Child Care Providers and Staff (Priority to CCRR region 1)

Delivery: Live Online

In-home child care providers will learn how to use the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) to improve the quality of their care for children birth to age 12.

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:

  • ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS-R, or SACERS book
  • helpful handouts
  • self–assessment form
  • program improvement plan

Credit

  • 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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