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The Environment Rating Scales


ARNETT Caregiver
Interaction Scale

Arnett-Caregiver Interaction Scale has 26 items and is designed to measure the emotional tone, discipline style, and responsiveness of the caregiver in the classroom. The items are usually organized into the following four subscales: (1) positive interaction (warm, enthusiastic, and developmentally appropriate behavior), (2) punitiveness (hostility, harshness, and use of threat), (3) detachment (uninvolvement and disinterest), and (4)permissiveness.

The scales are designed to assess process quality in an early childhood or school age care group. Process quality consists of the various interactions that go on in a classroom between staff and children, staff, parents, and other adults, among the children themselves, and the interactions children have with the many materials and activities in the environment, as well as those features, such as space, schedule and materials that support these interactions. Process quality is assessed primarily through observation and has been found to be more predictive of child outcomes than structural indicators such as staff to child ratio, group size, cost of care, and even type of care, for example child care center or family child care home (Whitebook, Howes & Phillips, 1995).

In order to provide care and education that will permit children to experience a high quality of life while helping them develop their abilities, a quality program must provide for the three basic needs all children have:

The Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) consist of a series of four scales that share the same format and scoring system. Each of the scales assess a different age group and/or type of early education and care setting. The ERS is a valid and reliable tool for program evaluation. Programs can use the appropriate scale for self-assessment and to determine areas for improvement. In this session, participants will learn about the content and use of the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, practice scoring, review results, and describe strategies for program improvement.

The Arnett caregiver Interaction Scale is designed to measure the emotional tone, disciplinary style, and the responsiveness of the educator. During this training, participants will review the organization and content of the Interaction Scale, practice using the tool as a self-assessment measure, and utilize the results to identify areas for improvement.

Both of these rating scales are designed to access quality in early childhood or out-of school time care. Use of these tools in this manner serves to help educators plan programs that improve the environment and increase positive interactions with children.


Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS)
and the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale

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Using the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS) and Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale for Program Assessment and Improvement, Level 1

Course Description:

The Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS) is a valid and reliable tool for measuring the quality of a family child care program. Resulting data can be used to make decisions and plans for program improvement as well as advancement on the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). Participants will become familiar with the FCCERS tool, the specific items it measures, and how to implement it in a family child care setting. Examples of recommended practices and useful strategies for planning program improvements will be shared.

The Arnett caregiver Interaction Scale is designed to measure the emotional tone, disciplinary style, and the responsiveness of the educator. During this training, participants will review the organization and content of the Interaction Scale, practice using the tool as a self-assessment measure, and utilize the results to identify areas for improvement. Use of these tools in this manner serves to help educators plan programs that improve the environment and increase positive interactions with children.

Using your Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERs) Results for Program Improvement: Level 2

Course Description:

Once a family child care program has been rated and scored using the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS), it’s time to identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement. Educators can find this task overwhelming and unclear. This training will guide the family child care educator to review their results, adjust scoring when necessary to accurately reflect current practices, and create a realistic and achievable plan for program improvement (CQI). Prerequisites: Participants must have been involved in implementing the FCCERS for and have a FCCERS tool which has been rated and scored within the last year. Please bring this tool with you to this training as well as your completed FCCERS tool.

Participants need to bring the following to the training:

Prerequisites:
Attended Level 1 training on FCCERs content and scoring, completed scoring, updated program and professional improvement plans.



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Trainings Offered:

REGION 1 - Saturday, October 22, 2016- Holyoke, MA- 9:00AM-3:00PM
Friday, November 11, 2016, North Adams- 8:45AM-3:00PM

REGION 2 - Saturday, December 3, 2016- Worcester, MA – 9:30PM-3:00PM (Spanish) | Saturday, December 3, 2016- Milford, MA- 9:30AM-3:30PM

REGION 3 - TBA

REGION 5 - TBA

REGION 6 - Saturday, February 11, 2017- Somerville, MA- 10:00AM-3:30PM