The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are a set of quality assessment tools that are used to evaluate an early learning environment developed at the Frank Porter Graham Center at the University of North Carolina.
QUALITYstarsNY utilizes the following scales:
- Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS-R): The ERS scale used in classrooms with children ages 2.5-5. It contains 43 items organized into 7 subscales: (1) Space and Furnishings; (2) Personal Care Routines; (3) Language-Reasoning; (4) Activities; (5) Interactions; (6) Program Structure; (7) Parents and Staff.
- Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS-R): The ERS scale used in classrooms with infants and toddlers up to 30 months old. It contains 39 items organized into the same 7 subscales as the ECERS-R, except the Language-Reasoning subscale is replaced by Listening and Talking.
- Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R): The ERS scale used for family-based programs with infants through school-aged children. It contains 37 items organized into the same 7 subscales as the ECERS-R except Language-Reasoning is replaced by Listening and Talking and the subscale Parents and Staff is replaced by Parents and Provider.