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  1. This form should be completed by program staff and/or home providers prior to the start of their assessment window. One form should be used for each classroom that includes more than one child.   (5406 downloads)
    Classroom information form  View!  
  2. Describes the steps involved in participating in assessments completed by NCRLAP. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (5116 downloads)
    About the assessment process (video)  View!  
  3. Revised: October 2011 This is a summary of scoring criteria used by NCRLAP assessors during Environment Rating Scale assessments for items that relate to gross motor space and equipment. These standards apply to all gross motor equipment and materials.   (4564 downloads)
    Requirements for Gross Motor Space and Equipment  View!  
  4. We provide weekly webinars where you can learn about the Environment Rating Scales and other topics.   (4451 downloads)
    Webinar trainings  View!  
  5. A copy of this form should be completed by program staff or the home provider for each classroom prior to the start of their assessment window.   (3867 downloads)
    Teacher information form  View!  
Assessment information
  • The SACERS-U is an updated edition of the SACERS. The following document summarizes the differences between the SACERS and the SACERS-U. It is not intended to be a complete list of all the changes contained in the updated scale.   (299 downloads) - 11
    ~Summary of Differences between the SACERS and the SACERS-U  View  
  • Describes the steps involved in participating in assessments completed by NCRLAP. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (5116 downloads) - 55
    About the assessment process (video)  View  
  • About the assessment process in NC (uncaptioned video). Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (2078 downloads) - 55
    About the assessment process in NC (uncaptioned video)  View  
  • This checklist is designed to assist child care programs with the assessment process in conjunction with other resources provided by DCDEE and NCRLAP. Programs can use this as a guide while preparing for the assessment process, though it is not required to use it.   (3624 downloads) - 11
    Assessment process checklist  View  
  • This webcast explains the definition of books in poor repair as it applies to the ITERS-R and FCCERS-R as well as provides examples of common repair issues and other important considerations.   (1715 downloads) - 11
    Books in poor repair  View  
  • (2010 version) This chart summarizes safe and healthy outdoor play conditions. It is a guide to use when determining if weather conditions allow for outdoor play.   (3038 downloads) - 11
    Child Care Weather Watch Chart  View  
  • This information provides considerations regarding appropriate images in books and pictures as it applies to observations conducted by the NC Rated License Assessment Project for the NC Star Rated License and addresses common questions.   (101 downloads) - 11
    Considering appropriate images in books & pictures  View  
  • This webcasts provides information related to the requirements of the ECERS-R, Item 22 Blocks, Indicator 5.1 and shows examples of block areas and how these relate to the indicator's requirements.   (1920 downloads) - 11
    ECERS-R Item 22 Blocks, Indicator 5.1  View  
  • This report shows statewide and county ECERS-R scores for NC Star Rated License assessments during 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2013.   (288 downloads) - 11
    ECERS-R statewide and county score summary (2014)  View  
  • Provides examples of some of the required interactions and facilitation of learning for a few items on the Activities sub-scale of the SACERS-U. It illustrates ideas for implementing best practices while staff communicate and interact with school-age children.   (105 downloads) - 11
    Facilitating activities and the SACERS-U  View  
  • This report shows statewide and county FCCERS-R scores for NC Star Rated License assessments during 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2013.   (222 downloads) - 11
    FCCERS-R statewide and county score summary (2014)  View  
  • Link to the DCD website, where you can learn about the NC Star Rated License system.   (1842 downloads) - 55
    General information regarding the NC Star Rated License system  View  
  • Describes many of the health and sanitation practices considered during the assessment process in NC. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (2674 downloads) - 55
    Handwashing and basic health considerations for the assessment process (uncaptioned video)  View  
  • Describes many of the health and sanitation practices considered during the assessment process. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (3696 downloads) - 55
    Handwashing and other basic health considerations (video)  View  
  • This document briefly summarizes some of the handwashing and some health requirements for the ITERS-R, ECERS-R, and FCCERS-R.   (449 downloads) - 11
    Health Reminders for the ITERS-R ECERS-R and FCCERS-R  View  
  • This document briefly summarizes some of the handwashing and health considerations for the SACERS-U.   (308 downloads) - 11
    Health Reminders for the SACERS-U  View  
  • This poster from the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center is referenced in NCRLAP facility summary reports.   (1034 downloads) - 55
    Healthy child care NC diaper procedure poster  View  
  • This report shows statewide and county ITERS-R scores for NC Star Rated License assessments during 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2013.   (231 downloads) - 11
    ITERS-R statewide and county score summary (2014)  View  
  • This resource provides examples of the types of language and questioning techniques that specifically meet the expectations for item 29, Staff-child communication, indicator 5.4. It also illustrates best practices for language when staff ask children probing questions that encourage children to give more involved responses.   (111 downloads) - 11
    Language Activity: Understanding the requirement for SACERS-U item 29, Staff-child communication, indicator 5.4  View  
  • Focuses on how language supports children’s cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving infant and toddlers.   (2280 downloads) - 55
    Language for learning: Infants and toddlers (uncaptioned video)  View  
  • Focuses on how language supports children’s cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving infant and toddlers.   (2119 downloads) - 55
    Language for learning: Infants and Toddlers (video)  View  
  • Focuses on how language supports children’s cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving preschoolers.   (2225 downloads) - 55
    Language for learning: Preschoolers (uncaptioned video)  View  
  • Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving preschoolers.   (2258 downloads) - 55
    Language for learning: Preschoolers (video)  View  
  • Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving schoolagers. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1750 downloads) - 55
    Language for learning: Schoolagers (uncaptioned video)  View  
  • Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving schoolagers. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1652 downloads) - 55
    Language for learning: Schoolagers (video)  View  
  • This document provides an overview of considerations, questions, and answers regarding ECERS-R assessments for public school preschool programs.   (686 downloads) - 11
    Public school ECERS-R information sheet  View  
  • This document provides a list of hints that child care programs can do to help the assessment process go smoothly.   (61 downloads) - 11
    Reminders before the start of the assessment window  View  
  • Revised: October 2011 This is a summary of scoring criteria used by NCRLAP assessors during Environment Rating Scale assessments for items that relate to gross motor space and equipment. These standards apply to all gross motor equipment and materials.   (4564 downloads) - 11
    Requirements for Gross Motor Space and Equipment  View  
  • This report shows statewide and county SACERS scores for NC Star Rated License assessments during 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2013.   (223 downloads) - 11
    SACERS statewide and county score summary (2014)  View  
  • Refers the reader to review the SACERS statewide and county score summary.   (73 downloads) - 11
    SACERS-U information about statewide and county scores  View  
  • Refers the reader to review the SACERS lowest scoring items and indicators.   (72 downloads) - 11
    SACERS-U information about the lowest scoring items and indicators  View  
  • Addresses common questions and scoring issues related to gross motor spaces and play that occur during the North Carolina Rated License Assessments. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1815 downloads) - 55
    Safe space for gross motor play (uncaptioned video)  View  
  • Addresses common questions and scoring issues related to gross motor spaces and play that occur during the assessments completed by NCRLAP.   (2068 downloads) - 55
    Safe space for gross motor play (video)  View  
  • This webcast is Stay and Play Outside All Day, Part 1 which is an introduction to enhancing the outdoor learning environment. After this webcast, you may also want to view part 2 that discusses considerations for using natural learning materials as well as parts 3 and 4 that show examples of these materials. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1507 downloads) - 54
    Stay and play outside all day, part 1  View  
  • This webcast is about Stay and Play Outside All Day, Part 2 which continues the conversation about enhancing the outdoor play environment for children. It promotes teachers scheduling much time for outdoor play while providing children with a variety of gross motor and other learning experiences. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1008 downloads) - 54
    Stay and play outside all day, part 2  View  
  • This presentation provides examples of outdoor learning areas as well as examples of teacher-made natural learning materials. More examples are provided in Stay and Play Outside All Day, part 4. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1026 downloads) - 54
    Stay and play outside all day, part 3  View  
  • This webcast provides examples of teacher-made natural learning materials. These ideas come from various programs in North Carolina who wish to expose children to nature and help children develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the out-of-doors. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1023 downloads) - 54
    Stay and play outside all day, part 4  View  
  • This document provides a summary of the lowest scoring items and indicators for the ECERS-R, as used for the assessment portion of the NC Star Rated License.   (2152 downloads) - 11
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the ECERS-R  View  
  • This document provides a summary of the lowest scoring items and indicators for the FCCERS-R, as used for the assessment portion of the NC Star Rated License.   (1023 downloads) - 11
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the FCCERS-R  View  
  • This document provides a summary of the lowest scoring items and indicators for the ITERS-R, as used for the assessment portion of the NC Star Rated License.   (1784 downloads) - 11
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the ITERS-R  View  
  • This document provides a summary of the lowest scoring items and indicators for the SACERS, as used for the assessment portion of the NC Star Rated License.   (1142 downloads) - 11
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the SACERS  View  
  • Use this video supplement to learn more about common questions and scoring issues related to gross motor spaces and play that occur during the NC rated license assessments. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1209 downloads) - 11
    Supplement for A Safe Space for Gross Motor Play (8-2012)  View  
  • Use this video supplement to learn more about the process of having an assessment completed by the NC Rated License Assessment Project. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (969 downloads) - 11
    Supplement for About the Assessment Process (8-2012)  View  
  • Use this video supplement to learn more about how providers can ensure that health and sanitation practices are carried out appropriately throughout the day. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1360 downloads) - 11
    Supplement for Handwashing and Basic Health Considerations (8-2012)  View  
  • This supplement focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in child care settings. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1339 downloads) - 11
    Supplement for Language for Learning (8-2012)  View  
  • This video supplement illustrates ways providers can ensure that infants, particularly non-mobile infants, have a variety of play and learning experiences with appropriate materials and furnishings throughout the course of the caregiving day.   (1131 downloads) - 11
    Supplement for Using Materials with Non-Mobile Infants (8-2012)  View  
  • This webcast defines the basic requirements of a cozy area for the ECERS-R considered for NCRLAP assessments and will also provide examples of areas that meet this definition and examples that do not. It illustrates important considerations in determining the adequacy of a cozy area by answering common questions on this topic.   (1853 downloads) - 11
    The ECERS-R cozy area  View  
  • Use this worksheet while reading the appropriate Environment Rating Scale to document the materials and furnishings in your classroom while considering the items and indicators of the activities sub-scale.   (132 downloads) - 11
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-ECERS-R  View  
  • Use this worksheet while reading the appropriate Environment Rating Scale to document the materials and furnishings in your family childcare home while considering the items and indicators of the activities sub-scale.   (74 downloads) - 11
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-FCCERS-R  View  
  • Use this worksheet while reading the appropriate Environment Rating Scale to document the materials and furnishings in your classroom while considering the items and indicators of the activities sub-scale.   (98 downloads) - 11
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-ITERS-R  View  
  • Use this worksheet while reading the appropriate Environment Rating Scale to document the materials and furnishings in your classroom while considering the items and indicators of the activities sub-scale.   (113 downloads) - 11
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-SACERS-U  View  
  • Meal Guidelines – Ages 1-12 Source. Child and Adult Care Food Program, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Updated 9/25/00www.nal.usda.gov/childcare/Cacfp/index.html   (3138 downloads) - 11
    USDA Meal Guidelines for Children 1 to 12 years  View  
  • USDA Meal Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. Source: Child and Adult Care Food Program, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Updated 9/25/00. www.nal.usda.gov/childcare/Cacfp/index_html   (2444 downloads) - 11
    USDA Meal Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers  View  
  • Illustrates ways providers can ensure that infants, particularly non-mobile infants, have a variety of play and learning experiences with appropriate materials and furnishings throughout the course of the caregiving day.   (2015 downloads) - 55
    Using materials with non-mobile infants (uncaptioned)  View  
  • Illustrates ways providers can ensure that infants, particularly non-mobile infants, have a variety of play and learning experiences with appropriate materials and furnishings throughout the course of the caregiving day.   (1993 downloads) - 55
    Using materials with non-mobile infants (video)  View  
  • This webcast addresses common questions from child care providers about when it is appropriate to take children outside. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1978 downloads) - 54
    Webcast: Outdoor Play Weather Permitting: Common questions  View  
  • This webcast discusses the requirements on the Environment Rating Scales regarding outdoor play weather permitting. Information in this resource is appropriate to be used with each Environment Rating Scale, including the SACERS-U.   (1789 downloads) - 54
    Webcast: Outdoor Play Weather Permitting: What are the requirements?  View  
  • Discusses how programs can create a restful environment for children by considering the indicators at the higher levels of quality on the Environment Rating Scales.   (1916 downloads) - 54
    Webcast: Rest Well- Considerations for creating a restful naptime  View  
  • Explains the requirements for the nap/rest item on the Environment Rating Scales regarding healthy provisions, and it addresses common questions and provides some helpful hints.   (1841 downloads) - 54
    Webcast: Rest Well- Healthy provisions for naptime  View  
  • Discusses the supervision of infants and older children during naptime and also considers the physical layout and placement of furnishings to allow for good supervision.   (1844 downloads) - 54
    Webcast: Rest well- Supervision considerations for naptime  View  
  • We provide weekly webinars where you can learn about the Environment Rating Scales and other topics.   (4451 downloads) - 55
    Webinar trainings  View  
Forms
  • This form should be completed by program staff and/or home providers prior to the start of their assessment window. One form should be used for each classroom that includes more than one child.   (5406 downloads) - 11
    Classroom information form  View  
  • A copy of this form should be completed by program staff or the home provider for each classroom prior to the start of their assessment window.   (3867 downloads) - 11
    Teacher information form  View  
General information
  • This document is an updated guide to NC Pre-K ECERS assessments.   (702 downloads) - 11
    2013-2014 A Guide to the NC Pre-K Assessment Process  View  
  • This brochure covers how quality is assessed, how to prepare for a visit, and what to expect on the day of the assessment and after the assessment.   (203 downloads) - 11
    Brochure: A Quick Reference Guide to the Rated License Assessment Process (2014)  View  
  • This brochure explains scheduling procedures for rated license process assessments.   (141 downloads) - 11
    Brochure: Scheduling Your Rated License Assessment (2014)  View  
  • This address links to the website for the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, CFOC3 website page.   (1547 downloads) - 55
    Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition  View  
  • Link to CPSC website. Provides the CPSC guidelines referenced by rated license assessors.   (1446 downloads) - 55
    Handbook for Public Playground Safety  View  
  • Links to the DCDEE website where you may look up a variety of important agencies, such as Resource and Referral offices. This helpful website allows you to select by county.   (953 downloads) - 55
    NC Child Care Resource and Referral Offices (by county)  View  
  • Links to the DCDEE website search engine. You can search for facilities using a variety of filters (e.g., star rating, county, zip code).   (506 downloads) - 55
    Search for a child care program in North Carolina  View  
Presentations and research papers
  • Provides a summary of measurement tools used for NCRLAP's research study. Scales include: ECERS-E, OST, CLASS, ITERS-R, ECERS-R, SACERS.   (1198 downloads) - 11
    A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools (SRCD 2011 Handout)  View  
  • This is the actual poster displayed at SRCD on March 31, 2011, titled ''Comparison among quality measures in child care settings: Indicators of quality in relation to child outcomes.''   (1539 downloads) - 11
    A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools (SRCD 2011 Overall DCD Results poster)  View  
  • This is the actual poster displayed at SRCD on March 31, 2011, titled ''Unique contribution of outdoor environmental quality to children's cognitive and emotional experiences: A comparison of measures''   (1426 downloads) - 11
    A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools (SRCD 2011 POEMS poster)  View  
  • This document contains general information on the observation measures piloted in the Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools research project. It includes details about scoring, administration, and the psychometrics for each measure.   (1090 downloads) - 11
    A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools: Information on Observation Measures  View  
  • A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools: Preliminary Results. Uploaded to the VFC on 1/13/2011 10:59:25 AM.   (1160 downloads) - 11
    A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools: Overall Results by Age Group  View  
  • Provides an overview of the Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools research project.   (1191 downloads) - 11
    A Comparison of Quality Assessment Tools: Overview of Project and Procedures  View  
  • Provides a summary of a recent study by Hatfield et all (2014) that examined the inequities in access to quality early care and education. The purpose of the study was to examine program and community level characteristics related to total licensing points earned by early care and education programs in North Carolina's Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (TQRIS).   (18 downloads) - 11
    NCRLAP research brief: Inequities in access to quality early care and education  View  
  • Recent findings from the North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project (NCRLAP) provide compelling evidence for the importance of low ratios and group sizes for infants and toddlers in center-based care. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Deborah Cassidy (djcassidy@uncg.edu)   (381 downloads) - 11
    NCRLAP research brief: Ratios and group sizes are linked to ITERS-R scores  View  
  • This document provides an overview of assessment scores based on information collected during the first six years of the Star Rated License implementation (September 1, 1999, to August 31, 2005). It is important to note that these findings primarily apply to the quality of care in programs applying for three, four, or five points in program standards. Therefore, these findings are not based on a representative sample of programs in North Carolina partly because the majority of child care facilities in North Carolina and nearly all current programs with one, two, or three stars have not had an assessment using the rating scale.   (1188 downloads) - 11
    NCRLAP: Executive Summary  View  
  • UNCG has recently completely two important studies regarding child care quality and child outcomes. This document shares the results with you in a way that will provide talking points and support for conversations that child care providers might have with policy makers or investors. Please feel free to share this information with other colleagues who are also interested in working towards higher quality care for all young children.   (994 downloads) - 0
    Quality Fact Sheet  View  
  • Powerpoint slides from NCRLAP session 119 ''Understanding Classroom Quality.'' This resource was uploaded to the VFC on 5/4/2011 4:23:06 PM by Lia Rucker.   (804 downloads) - 11
    Smart Start Session119: Understanding Classroom Quality (5-4-11)  View  
NC Additional Notes
  • These are the current NC Additional Notes for the ECERS-R used by NCRLAP assessors.   (387 downloads) - 11
    ~NC Additional Notes ECERS-R  View  
  • These are the current NC Additional Notes for the SACERS-U used by NCRLAP assessors.   (400 downloads) - 11
    ~NC Additional Notes SACERS-U  View  
  • These are the current NC Additional Notes for the FCCERS-R used by NCRLAP assessors.   (260 downloads) - 11
    ~NC Additional Notes: FCCERS-R  View  
  • These are the current NC Additional Notes for the ITERS-R used by NCRLAP assessors.   (1053 downloads) - 11
    ~NC Additional Notes: ITERS-R  View  
  • These are the current NC Additional Notes for the SACERS used by NCRLAP assessors.   (599 downloads) - 11
    ~NC Additional Notes: SACERS  View  
Grievance and Score Change Documents
  • This document outlines the steps that child care operators may follow if they have questions or concerns about their assessment report(s). This resource was uploaded to the VFC on 3/4/2011 1:06:42 PM by Lia Rucker.   (691 downloads) - 0
    Information for Child Care Operators about the NCRLAP Grievance Process.docx  View  
Outreach Training
  • Flyer about training information and directions for webinar participants.   (457 downloads) - 11
    NCRLAP resources and training flyer  View  
Technology
  • We provide weekly webinars where you can learn about the Environment Rating Scales and other topics.   (4451 downloads) - 55
    Webinar trainings  View  
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