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External Quality Improvement Services

Looking for training and observation services using the Environment Rating Scales™ (ERS) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS)? We can help with that! Our classroom experts maintain reliability with the Environment Rating Scale Institute (ERSI) for ERS and maintain certification with Teachstone for CLASS®. In addition to classroom assessment, we specialize in playground safety and best practices while outdoors. All of our trainers not only have many years of experience in the field of early childhood, training adult-learners, and conducting assessments but also continue to assess classrooms using ERS and CLASS® tools for various projects across the state. Our trainers are in the field doing the work, uniquely enabling them to provide the most current information and assessor tips from the field. Training is rigorous to maintain this expertise, thus, you can always expect a high-quality experience. Not in the Denver-Metro area? We can come to you for all trainings and services.

Requests for customized services or small projects can be made, but please provide us with a minimum of three months notice. Complete a Service Request Form to request any of the services below or customized projects. 

Community Innovation and Resilience for Care and Learning Equity (CIRCLE) Initiative

Clayton impacts systems change through our research and evaluation services, professional support, and development for teachers and leaders throughout Colorado. One of Clayton’s priorities in our strategic plan is to support the early childhood workforce through our comprehensive, whole child, whole family approach to helping young children. Clayton cultivates the workforce through three main priorities:

1. Developing practitioners and leaders for the field who are steeped in our whole child, whole family approach

2. Designing, incubating, and testing workforce solutions at Clayton and creating a toolkit for other organizations to duplicate

3. Impacting workforce quality through products, services, supports, and policy

To accomplish this critical work, we’re excited to announce that Clayton received a $250,000 grant to provide support to rural early childhood providers in counties or cities with populations less than 60,000. These providers will receive training, coaching, and support for strengthening business practices that will build resilience, improve quality of care, and enhance teacher-child interactions (through Clayton's EMBRACE™ mindfulness program, training, and offering the PAS and BAS business assessments). In partnership with the Colorado Department of Early Childhood, Early Milestones is leading the Community Innovation and Resilience for Care and Learning Equity (CIRCLE) Initiative. This initiative provides nearly $23 million in grants to child care providers and other community, education, or governmental partners pursuing innovative solutions to challenges worsened by the pandemic.

Click the components below to learn more about each part of Clayton's CIRCLE Grant project. Flyers for upcoming opportunities are also accessible below. 

Services Offered by Our Team of Experts

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We offer Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale (BAS) assessments. These assessments are not only beneficial for helping centers and family child care homes implement high quality business practices, they can also be used to earn credit for your Colorado Shines Rating!