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Qualistar Rating™ Components

In the Qualistar Rating™ process, programs are evaluated on five different quality components. These components include:

Learning Environment

A total of 10 quality points can be earned for the Learning Environment component, and points are awarded based on average scores obtained through the ECERS-R©, ITERS-R© or FCCERS-R© observation. Classroom observations are unannounced and can occur any time during the scheduled one-month observation window. However, programs can identify dates (if needed) that do not represent a typical day (e.g. a fieldtrip, head teacher has a scheduled absence). The Quality Rating Specialist will not conduct an observation on these dates.

Family Partnerships

A total of 10 quality points can be earned for Family Partnerships. The point value for this Qualistar Rating™ component is calculated based on scores from family partnerships questionnaires and program documentation. For early learning programs to receive points, at least 60 percent of the questionnaires distributed must be returned. For family child care programs, 75 percent of questionnaires distributed must be returned.

Training and Education

A total of 10 quality points can be earned for Training and Education. Points are awarded to teachers, family child care providers, and center administrators based on their highest level of professional development and amount of work experience, with criteria separated by position.

Adult-to-Child Ratios and Group Size

A total of 10 quality points can be earned for Adult-to-Child Ratios and Group Size. Eight points can be earned for Ratios and two points can be earned for Group Size. The point value for this Qualistar Rating™ component is calculated by tracking the average ratios and average group size in each classroom. Eight ratio and group size counts are taken for full-day programs and four ratio and group size counts are taken for part-day programs.

Accreditation

A total of two points can be earned for Accreditation. Points are awarded to early learning programs that are accredited by a nationally recognized early childhood organization. Accrediting bodies currently recognized in the Qualistar Rating™ include:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Family Child Care
  • The Council on Quality and Leadership for People with Disabilities
  • Association of Christian Schools International

Total Points required for each star level:

Early Learning Programs and Family Child Care Programs
Provisional = 0-9 points OR Learning Environment Score of 0
Star 1 = 10-17 points

Star 2 = 18-25 points

Star 3 = 26-33 points

Star 4 = 34-42 points

You can also download the complete Qualistar Rating™ Criteria Chart to learn more about the score requirements and points.

Acknowledgements

The Qualistar Rating™ is patented with the United States Patent and Trademark Office under US Patent Number 101980.504.

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale—Revised Edition, Updated by Thelma Harms, Richard M. Clifford, and Debby Cryer. (Teachers College Press, Copyright © 2005 by Thelma Harms, Richard M. Clifford, and Debby Cryer.) Used with permission of the publisher and the authors.

Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale—Revised Edition, Updated by Thelma Harms, Debby Cryer, and Richard M. Clifford. (Teachers College Press, Copyright © 2006 by Thelma Harms, Deborah Reid Cryer, and Richard M. Clifford) Used with permission of the publisher and the authors.

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale—Revised Edition, Updated by Thelma Harms, Debby Cryer, and Richard M. Clifford. (Teachers College Press, Copyright © 2007 by Thelma Harms, Deborah Reid Cryer, and Richard M. Clifford.) Used with permission of the publisher and the authors.

For more information about the Enviroment Rating Scale© tools please visit www.teacherscollegepress.comwww.fgp.unc.edu/~ecers and www.ERSinstitute.com.