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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 School-Age 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.


School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)
and the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale

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Using the School-Age Children Environment Rating Scale (SACERS) and the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale for Program Assessment and Improvement, Level 1

Course Description:

The need for school age child care has existed for a long period of time. School-age programs vary both in facility and content of the program. The SACERs tool is for school age programs serving children from age 5-12. Given this broad age range, it is essential to offer activities that meet the widely differing needs and interests of children over a 7-year age span. The SACERs tool helps programs evaluate current practices and identified areas of strength as well as areas needing improvement. In this training, participants will learn about the content and use of the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS), 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. 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 School Age Environment Rating Scale (SACERs) Results for Program Improvement, Level 2

Course Description:

Research indicates that attending high quality after school programs can yield positive developmental outcomes for children. Yet, many programs struggle to understand and implement elements that lead to quality programming. Program quality assessment tools can assist with learning about and implementing changes that result in a higher quality program. This training is designed for educators who have already completed an initial training on the SACERs tool. Part 2 of the SACERs training will include a review of scoring and an in depth review of the elements of the assessment tool. Educators will be supported in the sometimes challenging process of reviewing results and setting realistic goals for program improvement.

Participants need to bring the following to the training:

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



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Trainings Offered:

REGION 1 - TBA

REGION 2 - Tuesday and Thursday, October 18 and October 20- Milford, MA- 6:30PM-9:00PM

REGION 3 - TBA

REGION 5 - TBA

REGION 6 - Level 1: Tuesday March 29, 2016 and Wednesday March 30, 2016- Jamaica Plain, MA 6:30PM-9:00PM