National Network for Child Care's Connections Newsletter
Early Childhood Curriculum Development
Richard M. Clifford
Bush Institute for Child and Family Policy
FPG Child Development Center
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The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition
(ECERS-R) provides an overall picture of the surroundings that
have been created for the children and adults who share an early
childhood setting. The ECERS consists of 43 items that assess
the quality of the early childhood environment including use of
space, materials and experiences to enhance children's development,
daily schedule, and supervision. This 43 item scale covers seven
Each item is ranked from 1 to 7. A ranking of 1 describes inadequate conditions while a ranking of 7 describes excellent conditions. A training video, instructor's guide, and video guide and training workbook are available to assist with training.
Since the ECERS covers the basic aspects of all early childhood facilities, it can be used in a number of ways by child care facilities, Head Start programs, parent cooperative preschools, private preschool programs, playgroups, Church related preschools, and Kindergarten programs. For instance, if used as a self-study/self improvement guide, inadequate or minimal scores on the ECERS scale indicate areas for emphasis in training and learning. The ECERS can also be used as a pre and post test measure to assess the impact of training and continuing education.
Video Observations for the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, 35 minute video tape (VHS only) and Video Observation Instructor's Guide for the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale. $59.00.
Video Guide and Training Workbook Observations for the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, 20 page booklet. $4.00 each.
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition 64 page booklet. $11.95. Scoring sheets may be reproduced from the original in the scale.
Center-based care providers and their supervisors, center directors, and agency staff.
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