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Strategies to Manage an Effective Program Operation  >  Managing Environments
Introduction to the Environment Rating Scale (ERS): Overview & Self-Reflection (Learn & Grow Level 2)

This is a three part training.  All parts must be completed in order to receive full credit. No partial credit will be given. Dates of training sessions are September 28th, 2018 6:00-8:00pm and September 29th, 2018: 9am-12pm for teachers/administrators of 3 - 5 year old classrooms, and September 29th, 2018:12:00-3:00pm for teachers/administrators of birth-3 year old classrooms.

Part 1 (2 hrs) - 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 (3 hrs)- 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. Providers select one of the following 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 

Part 3 (3 hrs) - Providers will complete the self-reflection worksheet in their classroom environment and answer 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. 

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


No training dates are currently scheduled.