In 2008, researchers at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University were commissioned to propose a uniform and comprehensive performance measurement system for all publicly funded early childhood programs in New York City. Two measures used in the citywide pilot were the PAS and the ECERS-R. To assure that the two measures capture distinct dimensions of quality, factor analysis was conducted.
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Quality New York, a NAEYC Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP), was a comprehensive program improvement model that included two types of support for participating programs—group support activities and individualized on-site support. In an effort to better understand the impact of support on the quality of early childhood classroom and administrative practices, the Center for Assessment and Policy Development collected data from 11 programs that participated in the Quality New York project for at least 18 months and had been identified as having substantial weaknesses. The evaluation included repeated assessments using the ECERS-R and the Program Administration Scale (PAS).
Quality New York (QNY) assisted New York City early care and education programs in improving teaching and administrative practices in order to reach the high-quality national standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). As an accreditation facilitation project, QNY helped program staff, parents, and public officials better understand the value of program standards and working together toward NAEYC accreditation as a process of continuous quality improvement. QNY’s accreditation facilitation began with assessments using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale–Revised (ECERS-R) or the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale–Revised (ITERS-R) for classroom practices and the Program Administration Scale (PAS) for administrative practices. When programs joined the accreditation facilitation project, program administrators were provided with focused training and technical assistance on three items from the PAS that QNY found related to overall program quality improvements: Staff Orientation, Risk Management, and Internal Communications.
The QUALITYstarsNY standards were developed to provide New York State with a common understanding of the elements of high quality in early learning and development programs. QUALITYstarsNY uses five star levels based on four categories of standards to rate programs: Learning Environment; Family Engagement; Qualifications and Experience; and Management and Leadership. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are embedded in the Management and Leadership standard as self-assessment tools.
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Eligible participants in New York state may apply for a scholarship through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) to help defray the cost of completing Aim4Excellence. Applicants must meet EIP requirements and must take the Aim4Excellence modules for credit through National Louis University. Apply or learn more at: http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/apply.shtm
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
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 $380 per course and register by selecting the college credit option when registering online: McCormickCenter.nl.edu/Aim4Excellence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 701.777.3947 to get started.