Introduction to ERS

Overview of the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales
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Become familiar with what the Environment Rating Scales are
Learn how the scales are used to assess a classroom
Learn how the scales can be used to improve quality in Early Care and Education Centers


  • Students will need copies of the revised editions of the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales.


The Introduction to Environment Rating Scales is a three part course consisting of several lectures. The focus of Part 1 is to introduce learners to the history and development of the Environment Rating Scales, explain how Environment Rating Scales are structured, provide an overview of the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales, and to provide an overview of the space and furnishings and personal care routines subscales. In Part 2, learners will be introduced to the Quality Start System for Louisiana, and the Social Emotional Subscales, and their importance in assessing quality in early childhood programs. The major focus of Part 3 is to introduce learners to the process of scoring the ERS, and what to expect prior, during, and after and ERS evaluation.

After completing all three parts of this training, learners should understand not only the reasoning behind and research that supports the Environment Rating Scales, but also gain an understanding about how the scales are organized, and how they can be utilized in helping child care providers set up classroom environments that foster active learning, health, and safety; thus improving the quality of early care and education programs for young children.

This course is worth 3 training credit hours.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for child care providers or early childhood teachers who are unfamiliar with the Environment Rating Scales- especially, the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales. This course is not intended for early childhood teachers who already have a basic knowledge about the Environment Rating Scales.

Course content

3 sections25 lectures1h 19m total length
  • Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Part 1 Pre-test
  • Development of the ERS
  • Types and Structure of the ERS
  • Definition of Terms Used in the ERS
  • ITERS-R and ECERS-R Overview
  • Space and Furnishings - ITERS-R
  • Space and Furnishings - ECERS-R
  • Personal Care Routines
  • Activities
  • Part 1 Post-test


Technical Assistant, Pathways Trainer
Barbara Wood
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 Dedicated early childhood educator—resourceful and goal driven professional early childhood educator with a solid commitment to the social-emotional and academic growth development of every child. Over 20 years of experience in both classic classroom environments as well as external classroom. Served the needs of diverse and culturally, racially, socio-economic, and special needs children/families.

Establish high expectations for students—continuously seek out new ways to improve instruction and link learning to practical use in everyday activities; equip students/parents/educators with the tools, resources, and knowledge to exceed individual goals. Expert interpersonal skills; build a strong bond with students, parents and colleagues to inspire a shared commitment to quality child care and education. Passion for children, teaching, and learning.

Specialties: Triple P Practitioner; Nurturing Parenting; PITC; The CLASS Tool observer; CDA Professional Development Specialist; NAEYC Accreditator

Program Consultant
R. Manuel
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R. Manuel has many years of experiences in the early childhood field. Mr. Manuel also has a vast amount of experience using reliable and valid assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood programs. R. Manuel currently works at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) in the Division of Early Childhood. At LDE, Mr. Manuel serves as Program Consultant where he works with Child Care Providers, and Resource/Referral Agencies who provide trainings, technical assistance, and referrals for child care providers and for families of young children.  He has also provided professional development to early childhood teachers and administrators throughout the state of Louisiana, and has presented at local, and state, and national conferences.

Training and Technical Assistance Coach, NSU R&R Agency
Tracy Jones
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Tracy has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida and has taught Pre-K 3 and 4, as well as Kindergarten and first grade. She has been a director of a Class A center and a Class B center.

Tracy started working for Child and Family Network in 2008. Her work includes CDA classes, technical assistance, general early childhood training, child care referrals, and working with centers to understand the Department of Children and Family Services initiatives such as Quality Start, Tracking Of Time System (TOTS), and Licensing Requirements.