Publication Date: November 22, 2010
ECERS-E is designed to be used with the Early Childhood Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R), an internationally recognized measure of quality in education and care written by Thelma Harms, Richard M. Clifford, and Debby Cryer. It not only complements the ECERS-R but extends the scales to provide additional insights into important aspects of literacy, mathematics, science, and environment, as well as practices related to issues of diversity. Given the current focus on emerging literacy and numeracy skills, the ECERS-E provides unique guidance on the kinds of environments that enhance learning in preschool settings. The curriculum domains within the scales bear important relationships to children’s (age 3–5) cognitive and social/behavioral developmental outcomes.
Using the ECERS-E alongside the ECERS-R gives users a more complete picture of what a high-quality early childhood education program can look like. It can be used by program directors, teaching staff, agency staff, and in teacher training programs.
Science and Environment Items:
Kathy Sylva is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oxford. She has researched extensively in the education and care of young children.
Iram Siraj is Professor of Early Childhood at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her research interests include early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. She has published widely on issues of early childhood quality and equality.
Brenda Taggart is Principal Investigator/Research Co-ordinator of the Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her background is in primary education and research.
“The authors of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale are pleased to welcome the Curricular Extension to the ECERS-R, commonly referred to as the ECERS-E, to our family of Environment Rating Scales….We are hopeful that the use of these two related instruments will continue to facilitate the provision of engaging and productive learning environments for young children worldwide.”
—From the Foreword by Thelma Harms, Lead author of Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised