ECERS - Qualistar

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale® (ECERS-R®)

Prepare to be successful in Colorado Shines

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale®, commonly called ECERS, is part of a larger toolkit of Environment Rating Scales® (ERS®) that are all observation-based tools that measure the quality of early childhood education environments. The scales examine a wide variety of factors that all contribute to children’s development and ERS® assessments can support you in identifying areas to target for quality improvement. An ERS assessment can prepare you for the Environment Rating Scale component of the Colorado Shines Quality Rating. Our expert team of assessors are certified on these nationally recognized, valid, and reliable scales.

There are four rating scales, each designed for a different setting of the early childhood education field.

  • ECERS-R: The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised is designed for children ages three- to five-years
  • ITERS-R: The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised is designed for children younger than three-years
  • FCCERS-R: The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised is designed for all ages of children
  • SACERS-Updated: The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale is designed for children enrolled in school

Participants of one of our Environment Rating Scales assessments receive:

  • A three-hour observation, followed by a detailed report and consultation to discuss results
  • Preparation for a successful, stress-free Colorado Shines assessment
  • Suggestions for simple changes that can be made to earn a higher rating and maximize Colorado Shines points
  • Feedback that can inform teachers’ professional development plans

Interested? Send us an email

WHO: Center or Preschool, Family Child Care, School Age Program

WHERE: Statewide

COST: $350 per classroom; price may vary due to travel costs and schedule restrictions


ERS® and Environment Rating Scales® are registered trademarks of Teachers College, Columbia University.