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When children feel secure, they are more confident about trying new things and learning new skills. Our classrooms are warm and inviting so children are drawn to the array of activities available, not overwhelmed by their surroundings.

The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale - Revised Edition (ITERS-R) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised edition (ECERS-R) were used as guides in designing our facility and developing our program. These tools, developed by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, can be used for self-assessment or by an outside observer to evaluate program quality. ITERS and ECERS have been used in major research projects in the U.S. as well as in a number of other countries. These comprehensive, reliable and valid instruments help providers offer childcare settings that promote optimal early childhood development.

The ITERS was specifically designed to assess programs for children from birth to 30 months old; ECERS assesses programs for children ages 30 months through 5 years old. Both evaluate the following areas:
(1) Space and furnishings
(2) Personal care routines
(3) Listening and talking
(4) Activities
(5) Interaction
(6) Program structure
(7) Parents & staff

These areas are rated to protect children’s health and safety, ensure appropriate stimulation through language and activities, and promote warm, supportive interaction between children and their caregivers. By using this assessment tool as a guide in designing Park Place Children’s Center, we can confidently say that our pre-school offers the highest quality care, programs and facilities.


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