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Strategies to Manage an Effective Program Operation  >  Managing Environments
Introduction to the Environment Rating Scale (ERS

In Palmer: September 15, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm for center based early educators only (please bring a packed lunch as there will be a short break)

In Palmer: UAA Matanuska-Susitna College Rooms 202 and 205

This is a three part training.  All parts must be completed in order to receive full credit. No partial credit will be given.

Part 1 - provides an overview of the ERS tool. The focus of the ERS is on interactions with young children, health & safety, the age-appropriateness of daily schedule and access to materials within the environment. 

Part 2 - providers select one of three sessions to attend:

ECERS-3: for teachers/administrators of 3 -5 year old classrooms 

ITERS-3: for teachers/administrators of birth - 3 year old classrooms 

FCCERS: for in-home providers of Family and/or Group Homes

In each session providers will learn the components of the age-specific ERS tool. They will learn what quality indicators the tool uses to identify best practices within the age-specific classroom. Providers will get a general idea of how the scale assigns a score for the assessment. 

Part 3 - providers will take a self-reflection worksheet back to their classroom environment and answer some questions about what they do in their daily practices with young children. The self-reflection tool is designed to guide teachers to make quality improvements in their environment. 


Course Length

- This training has 8 hours total: (5 hours of face to face training, followed by 3 hours of mandatory homework, due two weeks after the training. Must complete all 8 hours to get credit.)

Course Cost

- Total training cost is $37.50 per person

- This course will only be offered face to face

- This training is required for advancement to level 2 in Learn & Grow:

  • Administrators must complete this session as part of achieving the “Alaska Early Childhood Administrator Credential”
  • Lead teachers must complete this session as part of “Level 2: Moving Into Higher Quality Training”
  • For more information about Learn & Grow and the various pathways to complete these training requirements please visit

 All parts of this training session, when applicable, must be taken together to receive credit for participation. No partial credit or make up is permitted.



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