QUALITY RATING IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM (QRIS)
The Dos Palos State Preschool Program participates in the QRIS program, which is overseen by the Merced County Office of Education (MCOE). QRIS looks at the program’s quality components and provides support for continual improvement. The Dos Palos State Preschool Program has a High Quality rating.
Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
Each classroom is reviewed on interactions among teachers and children, as these daily interactions promote children’s social and cognitive development. This observational tool is used to help teaching staff to continue to grow.
Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS)
The program utilizes the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS). Each classroom is rated annually, based upon 1) Space and furnishings 2) Personal Care Routines 3) Language-Reasoning 4) Activities 5) Interaction 6) Program Structure and 7) Parents and Staff. The ECERS are designed to assess process quality in an early childhood setting. Quality is assessed through observation. The results of the ratings are used by staff to develop improvement plans to continue to improve program quality.