Recent news

NCRLAP began using the SACERS-U, the new spiral bound version of the School-age Care Environment Rating Scale (updated) on July 1, 2014. Want to learn more about this updated tool? View the training calendar for upcoming free SACERS-U informational webinars this summer.  Scroll down the page for several training resources about the SACERS-U.

Check out the new resource, "Considering appropriate images in books & pictures" now available. The information provides considerations regarding  images as it applies to observations conducted by NCRLAP and addresses common questions. You may view it on the resource list.

Important resources for all assessments
Here are links to resources for all rating scales.
  1. 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.
    About the assessment process (video)   video icon
  2. 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.
    Classroom information form   document icon
  3. 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.
    Handwashing and other basic health considerations (video)   video icon
  4. 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.
    Requirements for Gross Motor Space and Equipment   document icon
  5. Addresses common questions and scoring issues related to gross motor spaces and play that occur during the assessments completed by NCRLAP.
    Safe space for gross motor play (video)   video icon
  6. 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.
    Teacher information form   document icon
  7. 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
    USDA Meal Guidelines for Children 1 to 12 years   document icon
  8. We provide weekly webinars where you can learn about the Environment Rating Scales and other topics.
    Webinar trainings   document icon
Below are the most important resources for each rating scale.
For classrooms serving children 31 months to 5 years: ECERS-R
ECERS-R
  1. These are the current NC Additional Notes for the ECERS-R used by NCRLAP assessors.
    NC Additional Notes ECERS-R   document icon
  2. 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.
    ECERS-R Item 22 Blocks, Indicator 5.1   document icon
  3. This document briefly summarizes some of the handwashing and some health requirements for the ITERS-R, ECERS-R, and FCCERS-R.
    Health Reminders for the ITERS-R ECERS-R and FCCERS-R   document icon
  4. Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving preschoolers.
    Language for learning: Preschoolers (video)   video icon
  5. This document provides an overview of considerations, questions, and answers regarding ECERS-R assessments for public school preschool programs.
    Public school ECERS-R information sheet   document icon
  6. 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.
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the ECERS-R   document icon
  7. 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.
    The ECERS-R cozy area   document icon
  8. 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.
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-ECERS-R   document icon
For classrooms serving children birth through 30 months: ITERS-R
ITERS-R
  1. These are the current NC Additional Notes for the ITERS-R used by NCRLAP assessors.
    NC Additional Notes: ITERS-R   document icon
  2. 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.
    Books in poor repair   document icon
  3. This document briefly summarizes some of the handwashing and some health requirements for the ITERS-R, ECERS-R, and FCCERS-R.
    Health Reminders for the ITERS-R ECERS-R and FCCERS-R   document icon
  4. Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving infant and toddlers.
    Language for learning: Infants and Toddlers (video)   video icon
  5. 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)
    NCRLAP research brief: Ratios and group sizes are linked to ITERS-R scores   document icon
  6. 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.
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the ITERS-R   document icon
  7. 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.
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-ITERS-R   document icon
  8. 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
    USDA Meal Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers   document icon
  9. 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.
    Using materials with non-mobile infants (video)   video icon
For classrooms serving children 5 to 12 years: SACERS-Updated
SACERS-U
  1. These are the current NC Additional Notes for the SACERS-U used by NCRLAP assessors.
    NC Additional Notes SACERS-U   document icon
  2. 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.
    Summary of Differences between the SACERS and the SACERS-U   document icon
  3. 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.
    Facilitating activities and the SACERS-U   document icon
  4. This document briefly summarizes some of the handwashing and health considerations for the SACERS-U.
    Health Reminders for the SACERS-U   document icon
  5. 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.
    Language Activity: Understanding the requirement for SACERS-U item 29, Staff-child communication, indicator 5.4   document icon
  6. 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.
    Language for learning: Schoolagers (video)   video icon
  7. Refers the reader to review the SACERS statewide and county score summary.
    SACERS-U information about statewide and county scores   document icon
  8. Refers the reader to review the SACERS lowest scoring items and indicators.
    SACERS-U information about the lowest scoring items and indicators   document icon
  9. 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.
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-SACERS-U   document icon
For family child care homes serving children birth - 12 years: FCCERS-R
FCCERS
  1. These are the current NC Additional Notes for the FCCERS-R used by NCRLAP assessors.
    NC Additional Notes: FCCERS-R   document icon
  2. 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.
    Books in poor repair   document icon
  3. This document briefly summarizes some of the handwashing and some health requirements for the ITERS-R, ECERS-R, and FCCERS-R.
    Health Reminders for the ITERS-R ECERS-R and FCCERS-R   document icon
  4. Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving infant and toddlers.
    Language for learning: Infants and Toddlers (video)   video icon
  5. Focuses on how language supports children's cognitive and social/emotional development in programs serving preschoolers.
    Language for learning: Preschoolers (video)   video icon
  6. 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.
    Language for learning: Schoolagers (video)   video icon
  7. 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.
    Summary of Lowest Scoring Items and Indicators for the FCCERS-R   document icon
  8. 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.
    Thinking More about Learning Materials-FCCERS-R   document icon
  9. 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
    USDA Meal Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers   document icon
  10. 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.
    Using materials with non-mobile infants (video)   video icon