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Program Administration Scale & Business Administration Scale | Better Beginnings Quality Rating Improvement System

Arkansas Better Beginnings is a voluntary system for quality improvement designed for child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age programs. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are utilized to measure the Administration standard at each of three levels. At level 1, the program administrator is required to attend a “PAS Basics” or “BAS Basics” training. At level 2, a program review is completed by a certified PAS or BAS assessor. At level 3, the facility scores an overall average item score of 4.00 or higher. For more information visit: http://www.arbetterbeginnings.com/

Quality Initiatives and Research | Evaluation of Arkansas Better Beginnings Quality Rating and Improvement System

In 2010 researchers at the University of Arkansas’ Partners for Inclusive Communities conducted an assessment of the state’s Better Beginnings Quality Rating and Improvement System. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is one of the required assessments used in Better Beginnings to achieve a quality rating. The evaluation team sought to determine whether the cut scores for the system were meaningful. Better Beginnings’ Levels 1 and 2 do not require PAS assessments while Level 3 requires a minimum score of 4.00. The researchers found that programs scoring lower than 4.00 on the PAS have teachers who are less sensitive, more detached, and less supportive of social-emotional development and have classrooms with lower overall global environmental quality ratings.

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Quality Initiatives and Research | Evaluation of Arkansas Professional Development System

Through funding from Arkansas Department of Human Services/Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, the Arkansas State University Childhood Services provides training and technical assistance to support the state’s early care and education workforce. As part of these efforts, ASU Childhood Services offers training for directors and for technical assistance specialists using the Program Administration Scale (PAS).

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Aim4Excellence™ | Early Childhood Initiatives Center In Arkansas

The Early Childhood Initiatives Center is offering Aim4Excellence leadership development cohorts in partnership with the McCormick Center. The early childhood administrators participating complete the Aim4ExcellenceNational Director Credential with the support of monthly face-to-face cohort meetings. For additional information or to apply for an upcoming cohort, contact the Early Childhood Initiatives Center at 479.273.3552.

Aim4Excellence™ | Scholarships through Bright Horizons Family Solutions®

Bright Horizons directors may use their tuition reimbursement benefit toward the cost of the Aim4Excellence national director credential. Both the noncredit and for credit options are eligible for reimbursement. For additional information see the flyer on Bright Web: https://mybrightweb.brighthorizons.com

Aim4Excellence™ | Undergraduate College Credit through National Louis University

Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through National Louis University. The approved courses (5 quarter hours per course) are ECE311: Administration I – Leadership Strategies and Staff Development (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), ECE312: Administration II – Managing Center Operations and Finances (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and ECE313: Administration III – Implementing and Evaluating the Program (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Students pay an additional $360 per course and register by selecting the college credit option when registering online: McCormickCenter.nl.edu/Aim4Excellence.

Aim4Excellence™ | Undergraduate College Credit through University of Southern Indiana

Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through the University of Southern Indiana. The approved courses (3 semester hours per course) are EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and EDUC 490: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Courses are offered at USI’s standard tuition rate. Eligible Indiana participants may apply for scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA to assist with the costs. Interested participants should contact Jennifer Mohr at jamohr@usi.edu.

Aim4Excellence™ | Graduate College Credit through University of North Dakota

Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for graduate level credit through the University of North Dakota. The approved courses (4 semester hours per course) are T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education I (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education II (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education III (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). In addition to completing the modules, students are required to engage in an online discussion. Interested participants should contact Jo-Anne Yearwood at joanne.yearwood@email.und.edu or call 701.777.3947 to get started.

Program Administration Scale & Business Administration Scale | Arkansas Better Beginnings Quality Rating Improvement System

Arkansas Better Beginnings is a voluntary system for quality improvement designed for child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age programs. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are utilized to measure the Administration standard at each of three levels. At level 1, the program administrator is required to attend a “PAS Basics” or “BAS Basics” training. At level 2, a program review is completed by a certified PAS or BAS assessor. At level 3, the facility scores an overall average item score of 4.00 or higher.

Research Project | Evaluation of Arkansas Better Beginnings Quality Rating and Improvement System

In 2010 researchers at the University of Arkansas’ Partners for Inclusive Communities conducted an assessment of the state’s Better Beginnings Quality Rating and Improvement System. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is one of the required assessments used in Better Beginnings to achieve a quality rating. The evaluation team sought to determine whether the cut scores for the system were meaningful. Better Beginnings’ Levels 1 and 2 do not require PAS assessments while Level 3 requires a minimum score of 4.00. The researchers found that programs scoring lower than 4.00 on the PAS have teachers who are less sensitive, more detached, and less supportive of social-emotional development and have classrooms with lower overall global environmental quality ratings. For further information contact:

Lorraine McKelvey, PhD, Assistant Professor
Partners for Inclusive Communities |501.585.8051   OR

Melanie Chapin-Critz, Research Associate
Partners for Inclusive Communities |501.686.6765

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