All About the ECERS-R™ Set

All About the ECERS-R™ Set
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Step by step instruction on how to design a quality day care environment. Should be used side by side with ECERS-R, the scale used to develop and quantify quality standards in the USA, Canada and abroad. Includes The How, What and Why for each indicator, seven sub-scale items, step-by-step instructions, and over 700 color photos. 441 pages.


This widely used program quality assessment instrument is designed for preschool, kindergarten, and child care classrooms serving children 2 1/2 through 5 years of age. It can be used by program directors for supervision and program improvement, by teaching staff for self-assessment, by agency staff for monitoring, and in teacher training programs. The established reliability and validity of the ECERS-R make it particularly useful for research and program evaluation.

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Debby Cryer

Deborah CryerDebby Cryer, Ph.D., is a Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught in a variety of early childhood programs, recently directed the child care program at the FPG Center, and has studied and written about early childhood program quality for more than twenty years. Throughout her career, she has combined her interests as an early childhood practitioner with those of a researcher, studying real-world issues and translating research findings into practice for early childhood program staff, parents, and policy makers.

Dr. Cryer is co-author of the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, (Harms, Cryer & Clifford, 1990) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised Edition (Harms, Clifford & Cryer, 1998) and has worked with various teams to develop numerous other quality assessment instruments. She has developed a variety of resources for teachers and for others interested in early child care and education, such as the popular Active Learning Series (Cryer, Harms & Bourland, 1986, 1987; Cryer, Harms, Ray, 1996), and the award-winning public television series, "Raising America's Children" (Harms & Cryer, 1988). Her most recent books include Infants and Toddlers in Out-of-Home Care (edited by Cryer & Harms, 2000), and the Early Childhood Education and Care in the USA (edited by Cryer & Clifford, 2003), both published by Paul H. Brookes.

Dr. Cryer was a Principal Investigator for the national study on Cost, Quality and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers, and continues that research in the International Child Care and Education Study. She is currently Principal Investigator of two studies investigating the effects of continuity of caregivers on infants and toddlers in child care.

Thelma Harms

Thelma HarmsThelma Harms, Ph.D., is Director of Curriculum Development at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Research Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has been since 1975. She earned an M. A. in Child Development and a Ph. D. in Early Childhood Education at the University of California at Berkeley, where she served as a head teacher in the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center laboratory school for 15 years. Dr. Harms has lectured and conducted training throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Russia. Her areas of specialization are program evaluation, curriculum, and staff development.

Dr. Harms is the lead author of four widely used program evaluation instruments: the ECERS-R (Harms, Clifford, & Cryer, 1998); the FDCRS (Harms & Clifford, 1989); the ITERS-R (Harms, Cryer & Clifford, 2003); and the SACERS (Harms, Jacobs, &White, 1996). She consulted with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the development of its center accreditation instruments and validator training procedures and is a co-author of the school age child care assessment instrument, which is being used in the NSACA accreditation. Dr. Harms co-chaired the national committee that developed quality criteria for family child care programs and developed an accreditation process and instruments for military family child care.

Dr. Harms has co-authored a number of curriculum materials including: the Family Day Care Education Series; the seven volume Active Learning Series; the Cook and Learn Series, Nutrition Education for Preschoolers; and the 10-part educational television series, "Raising America's Children". She has co-edited a book on working with homeless preschool children in shelters and a recent volume on infants and toddlers in out of home care.

In addition to training courses offered through the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill, Dr. Harms provides training and consultation in collaboration with agencies in many other states and countries.

Cathy Riley

Cathy RileyCathy Riley, M.S., is a lead trainer on the Environment Rating Scales and program coordinator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has worked for the past 15 years. Cathy has a M.S. in Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes working as a trainer and technical assistance specialist with providers, directors and other early childhood professionals throughout the U.S. She worked with Drs. Cryer, Harms and Clifford, field testing the revision of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale, and the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale. She has helped to develop training materials that are used with the Environment Rating Scales.

Cathy has served as an adult trainer working with many state agencies as well as other early childhood associations. Cathy served as a Research Assistant for the Army Family Child Care Accreditation Project, which developed and implemented a model accreditation system for Army, Navy and Marine family childcare. She served as a training coordinator for the North Carolina Rated License Project, which included establishing systems of reliability, as well as training all assessors throughout North Carolina. She currently co-directs a training and development project for licensing consultants and technical assistant specialists in a statewide project. Cathy is co-author of All About ECERS and All About ITERS.

The Environment Rating Scales are internationally recognized tools used to assess and improve the quality of child care programs.

Using the Environment Rating Scale to Construct a Program Improvement Plan

This session will demonstrate to attendees how to produce program improvement plans based on the Environment Rating Scale. Participants will be shown how to use scores to formulate a plan that gives detailed, specific recommendations for quality improvement while identifying the provider’s strengths. Strategies and suggestions for conducting successful consultations with teachers and directors will also be provided.

Environment Rating Scales in Practice

During this session, participants will learn about the specific scale, interpretation of specific indicators, and the research and rationale for the requirements. Participants will review the sub-scales of the Environment Rating Scales through discussions, video clips, and hands on activities. Some instruction in scoring and completing an observation will be provided.

Flexibility and the Meaning of Environment Rating Scales

There are many things that affect the care and education that is provided to children in child care. Cultural differences, curriculum, conditions of building, and finances are just a few of the things that will affect the Environment Rating that a program will earn. It is important for programs to keep in mind that the total score in a classroom is more important than an individual indicator score. This session will show participants how to make well-informed decisions on areas to emphasize classroom strengths while minimizing areas of weakness.

Orientation to the Environment Rating Scale

Having an environment rating scale observation can be daunting even for the most seasoned teacher. This session will walk participants through the scale and observation process. Participants will be instructed on conducting a self-assessment as well as the importance of emphasizing strengths to increase overall scores.

For more information on this or other KAPLAN professional development options, please contact us at 800.334.2014, ext 3252 or [email protected].

Well Put Together Evaluation Tool

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Anyone and everyone in the field of Early Childhood should read about ECERS. It is atool that allows for measuring the quality of education that lies within any early education program.

All About the ECERS-R

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This book is very helpful to share with teachers & directors new to the rating scales.

very usefull

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Its a very complete guide, it has everything you need to know about a daycare

Glad that someone sells these!!

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You are the only ones I'm able to buy these from. Thank you for all the ones you have delivered for our different centers.


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AWESOME resource!! Great information & lots of details.


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The All About the ITERS-R explains is a great resource. It explains to you why it is important for you to obtain the correct materials for the classroom. It also explains why it is important to evaluate the children to ensure that they are comprehending the lessons that you are teaching.

ECERS-R book with detailed explanations

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This book is a great companion to the spiral bound ECERS-R book. It explains with details every section and every item used in ECERS-R.

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I am the Coordinator of a School Readiness Program in Colorado. I have found the All About the ECERS and the companion book the spiral bound ECERS-R to be invaluable assets in working with my classrooms on quality improvement. It has been such a useful resource that I recently purchased sets of books for the schools I work with.

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All about ECERS-R

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There is so much information in this book it is amazing. A book to live by.

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