Silver State Stars: Quality Rating Improvement System Pilot Project: Year three final evaluation report
In this final year of the pilot project NICRP worked with the Office of Early Care and Education, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and the contracted consultant for the environment rating assessment to document and solicit feedback on newly develop tools, forms and processes to help improve the QRIS for Nevada. In order to complete this task NICRP used three different methods: (1) feedback from participating center directors (at two points in time), (2) independent assessments of quality using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) or Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R), and (3) preliminary star ratings using the Silver State Stars criteria. Finally, NICRP also documented the changes made to the program as a result of the earlier pilot years. In each of the previous annual report NICRP made recommendations for improvement based on the findings of the evaluation (see page 6). These changes are discussed throughout the report to understand how the earlier years of the evaluation may have impacted the Year three centers. Findings from all of the evaluation components are discussed in separate sections, including specific methodology for each. At the conclusion of the report, overall recommendations for program improvement are listed and explained. (author abstract)
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Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (Rev. ed.)
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