Wisconsin YoungStar is a quality rating and improvement system with 5 star levels to incrementally improve the quality of child care centers, school-based early learning programs, and family child care homes. There are four categories evaluated: Education and Training of Lead Teachers and Director, Learning Environment and Curriculum, Business and Professional Practices, and Health and Wellness. Evaluation of the criteria within the Business and Professional Practices category at levels 3, 4, and 5 are informed by the use of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). The PAS and the BAS are optional tools for program self-assessment at level 3.
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Tennessee combines a required rated license and a voluntary quality rating system. If the administrator of a center or family child care home holds the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPEC) the child care program receives quality points towards a star level. The TECPEC is achieved through a combination of training based on the Program Administration Scale (PAS) or the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), a demonstration of administrative competency (achieving a certain score on the PAS or the BAS), and college coursework in early childhood education and program administration. The TECPEC is administered through the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance.
The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) at Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences developed and administers the Tennessee Administrator Credential. Key components of the credential are academic coursework, business management experience, and use of either the Program Administration Scale (PAS) or the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). The PAS/BAS provides a significant cornerstone as a tool for quality achievements and outcome measures. Candidates for the credential must develop a portfolio.
Ohio’s Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary, 5-level quality rating system for early childhood programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It recognizes five progressively higher levels of program quality building on the foundation of Ohio’s health and safety licensing requirements and provides supports and awards to assist programs to achieve and maintain a quality rating. SUTQ uses research-based benchmarks, including administrative practices geared to retaining highly qualified staff, to determine the Quality Achievement Awards. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are used by child care programs to benchmark the quality of administrative practices and to support ongoing program improvement efforts.
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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FOCUS is New Mexico’s third generation of QRIS. Through FOCUS, the state’s Early Learning Standards, Early Learning Program Standards, and Early Childhood Professional Development Standards merge. Altogether, they are designed to ensure that many more children from birth through age five have access to dramatically improved early learning programs so that they enter school with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions they need to be successful.
A credential for administrators was developed to provide an incentive for center directors and family child care providers to obtain professional preparation in leadership of early care and education programs. The New Jersey Administrator Credential is competency based. The required practicum includes the 4-hour training on the Program Administration Scale (PAS) or the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), as well as 10 hours of training on using the PAS/BAS to develop a Program Improvement Plan. Achieving an average threshold score for the PAS/BAS (3.0, 4.0, or 5.0 depending on the credential level) is required for credential renewal.
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Best Beginnings is in the fourth year of a field test for a quality rating and improvement system for Montana. Best Beginnings recognizes five levels of increasing quality. One of the standards, Leadership & Program Management, is measured by the use of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) or Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) at the 3-star through 5-star levels. At 3 Stars, the program receives a pre-assessment from a reliable STARS assessor and develops a quality improvement plan for any subscale below a score of 3.00. At 4 Stars, the average PAS/BAS score, assessed by a reliable STARS assessor, must be 4.00 or higher and a quality improvement plan is developed for any subscale below a score of 4.00. At 5 Stars, the average PAS/BAS score, assessed by a reliable STARS assessor, must be 5.00 or higher and a quality improvement plan is developed for any subscale below a score of 5.00.
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Massachusetts’ QRIS defines four levels of increasing quality and is designed for center-, school-, and home-based early childhood programs. One of the quality standards is Leadership, Management, and Administration. The specific indicators in this standard are aligned with the Program Administration Scale (PAS) for center- and school-based programs and with the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) for home-based programs. The PAS or BAS are used as a required observation measure in the Family and Community Engagement standard as well as the Leadership, Management, and Administration standard. The PAS or BAS are used as an alternative observation measure in the Workforce: Program Staff Qualifications and Professional Development standard.
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Maryland EXCELS is a voluntary tiered quality rating and improvement system that recognizes the accomplishments of early childhood and school-age only programs and providers through a set of standards with five levels that offer a pathway to high-quality. Maryland EXCELS also recognizes child care and public prekindergarten programs that provide services over and above those outlined in the standards. Programs that select and complete additional recognitions are acknowledged on the Maryland EXCELS website for parents. One of the areas of recognition is completion of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) training for center-based programs or the Business Administration Scale (BAS) training for family providers. For further information contact: