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As one of many items considered in each scale, The Environment Rating Scales (ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS-R, SACERS-U) each include at least one item that is used to assess how books, language materials and language activities are experienced by children. One of the criteria considered in certain items is whether the books and language materials are appropriate for the ages and abilities of the children enrolled in the group being observed.
The Children’s Workshop – Westerly was first rated by BrightStars in September 2014, and has worked diligently to continually improve the quality of its programming since. This month, The Children’s Workshop increased their overall star rating to 4 Stars. The program’s director, Chrissy Stanlewicz, and staff have worked incredibly hard to increase the program’s overall Environment Rating Scale (ERS) scores. The team worked collaboratively with BrightStars throughout this process, and partnered with BrightStars by providing their program as a site for practice observations for BrightStars staff training on the ERS tool and the tablets used to conduct observations. The program then had the opportunity to use these scores to increase their rating. Chrissy said, “I am very proud of the dedicated team of educators that provide high quality care to our children. Through our teachers’ hard work and implementation of BrightStars standards, we were able to achieve a high quality rating.”
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