The quality of a child care program is assessed through a few different measures. In addition to provider experience, training and credentials, the program environment is an essential part of any quality evaluation.
By understanding the Enviornment Rating Scale for your type of program, you can begin to adapt your program setting to meet the generally accepted standards of quality in child care programming.
Learn more about the Harms Clifford and Cryer Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales at this link!
The environmental rating scales will be used as part of the criteria for program in the QualitystarsNY rating system. NYS licensing/registration regulations also insist on compliance with all areas of program operations. For more information on NYS regulations and requirements: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/ for Family Day Care, Day Care Centers and School Age programs and http://www.nysed.gov/ for Nursery Schools and Public School Pre-K.