The University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education, Center for Early Childhood Professional Development, offers leadership training and technical assistance through Leadership Academy I, II, and III. The Leadership Academy was developed specifically for administrators, directors, and managers of early childhood programs. Early childhood administrators enrolled in Leadership Academy I are required to participate in a pre- and-post Program Administration Scale (PAS) assessment.
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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.
Grow NJ Kids recognizes that high quality leaders are essential to an effective program. One standard in the QRIS framework, Administration and Management, embeds the Program Administration Scale at multiple levels of the QRIS as a self-assessment tool to aid administrators in designing an early learning program that provides appropriate training opportunities to staff, promotes joint planning sessions, effectively involves families and the local community in program activities, and creates a welcoming environment for all. For more information visit:
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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IdahoSTARS is a voluntary system to improve the quality of early care and education programs and is inclusive of child care centers and family child care homes. The QRIS provides for five tiers of increasing quality. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are included in the Business Practices Standard at Tier 5. Programs complete a self-study using the PAS or the BAS and submit a program improvement plan based on the self-study.
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As part of the Race-to-the-Top/Early Learning Challenge, California developed a hybrid model for its statewide QRIS which includes 17 local Consortia. There are five possible tiers in the quality rating framework with three tiers common to all Consortia and two tiers which can be individualized by the local Consortia to best meet the needs of their communities. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) and the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) are included in the Core Tools and Resources which, together with the Hybrid Matrix, comprise the California Quality Continuum Framework. As part of the federal grant, data will be gathered regarding how these tools and resources are used by the Consortia. For more information visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/rt/rttelcapproach.asp
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/
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.
As part of the Race-to-the-Top/Early Learning Challenge, Illinois developed ExceleRate Illinois, a cross-sector quality rating and improvement system designed to improve the developmental outcomes of children enrolled in early learning and development programs located in centers, schools, and family child care homes. ExceleRate Illinois has four progressive Circles of Quality that build upon licensing standards as the foundation of quality. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is embedded in each of the Circles of Quality for center-based programs.