The Maryland PAS Continuous Quality Improvement Project is a voluntary program for centers accredited or seeking accreditation and centers that have 60% or more lead staff participating in the MSDE Credentialing Program. This voluntary initiative, focused on program administration, is a key component in Maryland’s efforts to create high-quality early learning environments for young children. The project links continuous quality improvement with the credentialing and accreditation programs.
In Phase 1 of the project, child care center directors participate in a two-day training institute. While focusing on the Program Administration Scale (PAS), directors also receive instruction in current best practices, managing change, improvement planning, and using the PAS for continuous quality improvement. The training begins a one-year implementation process. A certified PAS assessor completes a PAS assessment, reviews the results with the director, and provides technical assistance on how improvements can be made. Based on assessment results, each director chooses the areas they want to improve over the year. A follow-up assessment is completed at the end of the year to measure progress and help to reinforce director’s understanding of how to use the PAS for continuous quality improvement. Center assessments for all directors trained in the fall 2007 and spring 2008 training classes resulted in an average initial assessment score of 3.8 on a 7-point scale. The scores for centers that have had both the initial and follow-up assessments improved on average from 3.8 to 4.5, more than half a point. For more information contact:
Audrey Smith,MSDE – Division of Early Childhood Development
Office of Child Care – Program Development Branch
200 W. Baltimore Street – 10th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201