Quality Start Louisiana

Quality Start Required Trainings

We Give You The Support You Need To Succeed.
Not only will participating in Quality Start give your center a competitive edge and help make your center the best it can be, but we’ll help you all along the way. How? With all the training you and your staff need to succeed. The following training sessions are designed to put star power into your program.
  1. Introduction to Quality Start - This three-hour session is recommended but not required and explains the model and process involved in becoming quality rated. You will learn about Louisiana Pathways Child Care Career Development System, social emotional development, and Quality Start Specialists. Have your staff attend this class so they understand the Quality Start Child Care Rating System.


  2. Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) - Learn about all the rating scales (ITERS-R and ECERS-R) used in the Program Component of the model. This three-hour session explains the scales and the development and history. You will learn how to score the items of the scale and about the All About books. Take this workshop before the Understanding ITERS-R or Understanding ECERS-R.


  3. Understanding ITERS-R - This in-depth session focuses on the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale for use in classrooms serving children young than 30 months. This session builds on the Introduction to ERS.


  4. Understanding ECERS-R - The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale is used in classrooms for children 30 to 60 months. Find out how to improve the quality in your rooms for three and four-year-olds by attending this focused session.


  5. An Overview of Social-Emotional Screening in Child Care Settings - This session is required for programs seeking 4 points in program and will provide additional information about the reasons for screening young children and the tools to use. The session includes how to talk to parents about this important topic.


  6. Training on the Louisiana Early Learning Guidelines or the Standards for Programs Serving Four Year Old Children - Louisiana has created two documents that help teachers understand what good classrooms for young children should look like and what experiences young children need to be ready for school. A training on either the Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) for children birth through 36 months OR the Program Standards for Four Year Olds is required for programs seeking points in program and staff qualifications.


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