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ERS Project & Community Resources

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) project at Clayton started in 2004 as part of the Research and Evaluation Department and is now part of the Quality Assessment Services Department. The Quality Advancement Team are State Anchors for the Environment Rating Scales - they are your local ERS experts.

The Quality Advancement Team is trained annually to become anchors by The Environment Rating Scale Institute (ERSI) in North Carolina (authors of the scales). Click here to learn more about the authors of the scales and view additional resources on their website. ERSI provides national-scale resources, while the Quality Advancement Team provides state-specific information. A large part of a Quality Advancement Specialist's role is to maintain Colorado Shines assessor's reliability in the Environment Rating Scales.

ERS Reliability
After an assessor completes the initial trainings on the content of the scales, they then accompany a State Anchor (Quality Advancement Team members) for three consecutive observations to ensure reliability. Once reliable, assessors complete reliability checks every 10th observation. Reliability checks consist of assessors observing in the same classroom at the same time and scoring independently, after which scores are reviewed and discussed. Assessors must show that their scores align within one point of the state anchor’s score. The reliability process is modeled after how ERSI conducts reliabilities for State Anchors nationally. 

Contact the Quality Advancement Team
This email will connect you with the Quality Advancement Team where you can ask ERS questions.

Want to schedule your ERS-3 certification? Complete a Certification Request Form.

Want to request other quality improvement services? Complete a Service Request Form

Servies Offered by the Quality Advancement Team

Click on the links below to learn more about the services provided by the Advancement Team listed. 

Support for Coaches

Current CDC Guidelines During COVID for Early Childhood

These are the current guidelines that child care providers should be following:

  • CDC Guidelines for Operating Early Care and Education/ Child Care Programs
  • Review rules for visitors and family engagement activities.
  • Limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, particularly in areas when there is moderate-to-high COVID-19 community transmission.
  • Continue following ECE program visitor policies and restrictions, while allowing for safe access to Direct Service Providers and mothers who are breastfeeding their infants.
  • Develop plans for meeting new families that allow family and staff to gather while maintaining prevention strategies.
  • Develop plans or procedures for parents and/or guardians to visit their children while maintaining prevention strategies.
  • Home-based ECE programs with people living in the home who are not fully vaccinated should require mask-wearing for unvaccinated persons and keep as much physical distance as possible while children are in their care.
  • Home visitors should consult the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Home Visiting Information During COVID-19

Environment Rating Scale Resources

Click on the links below to access Environment Rating Scale resources. 


In June, we will be providing full-day ERS-3 and Cultural Awareness training. If you are a new coach or support professional looking to become certified in the Environment Rating Scales, the full-day training is for you! Please click the button below to view upcoming training opportunities and register.