The Institute for Early Childhood Leadership at the University of the District of Columbia administers the Washington D.C. Director Credential. Key components of the credential are academic coursework and business management and use of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). The PAS is being used to both document quality outcomes and surface areas in need of improvement.
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Project Type » Program Administration Scale (PAS)
The Wisconsin Professional Administrator Credential is attained by successfully completing a sequence of six courses relating to early childhood administration. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is used in the course on Operations Management. Students read the PAS, work through each of the scales individually and in groups, and then choose six items to score their own programs and develop a plan for improvement.
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.
Launched in 2008, the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC) is the recognition awarded to administrators who have demonstrated specific competencies for effective leadership and management through formal academics, experience, and portfolio assessment. Each year the Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences conducts an evaluation of the credential. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is used as a pre- and post-assessment to measure changes in program quality for the administrators who are awarded the credential.
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.
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania was the lead agency and fiscal agent for Early to Learn: Partners for School Readiness (E2L), a five-year, $17.5 million, initiative. This project began in 2002 to address the needs of low-income children in the Philadelphia area. For the first three years, child care centers engaged in quality improvement efforts focused on the classroom learning environments. Centers were each given $30,000 for equipment, furniture, and supplies, as well as four hours of technical assistance per week. In the final two years of the Early to Learn Initiative, the charge shifted to implementing sustainability strategies. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) was used as a tool to help center administrators sustain the classroom improvements made.
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.
Oklahoma’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Reaching for the Stars, includes a framework with criteria to enhance child care facilities in the State of Oklahoma. These criteria are designed to improve and promote quality environments for children in care outside their own homes. Reaching for the Stars has three star levels: One Star, One Star Plus, and Two Star. At the Two Star level, child care sites have an external verification visit conducted by assessors from the Oklahoma Child Care Services (OCCS) using one of three randomly selected tools for assessing program quality. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) is one of the three valid and reliable tools used for this verification.
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.