Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) by Thelma Harms

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

Book Title: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807755702

Author: Thelma Harms


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The long-anticipated new version of the internationally recognized Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, ECERS-3, focuses on the full range of needs of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. This widely used, comprehensive assessment tool measures both environmental provisions and teacher-child interactions that affect the broad developmental needs of young children, including:

* Cognitive

* Social-Emotional

* Physical

* Health and safety


ECERS-3 also includes additional Items assessing developmentally appropriate literacy and math activities.

Designed for preschool, kindergarten, and child care classrooms serving children 3 through 5 years of age, ECERS-3:

* Provides a smooth transition for those already using ECERS-R.

* Emphasizes the role of the teacher in creating an environment conducive to developmental gains.

* Is designed to predict child outcomes more accurately and with greater precision.

* Provides a stronger method of distinguishing between good and truly excellent programs.

* Offers a complete training program with ongoing support available at the Environment Rating Scales Institute (ERSI) website.


ECERS-3 is appropriate for state and district-wide QRIS and continuous improvement; program evaluation by directors and supervisors; teacher self-evaluation; monitoring by agency staff; and teacher education. The established reliability and long term evidence of validity of the ERS family of instruments make this new version of ECERS particularly useful for RTTT-ELC accountability and research.

Suitable for use in inclusive and culturally diverse programs, ECERS-3 subscales evaluate:

* Space and Furnishings

* Personal Care Routines

* Language and Literacy

* Learning Activities

* Interaction

* Program Structure