Providers: Improvements to Great Start to Quality launch February 2023. Take action to prepare.


ERS-3 – Coming February 2023

Which tools are used?

Great Start to Quality uses three ERS-3 tools for specific age groups and program types.

ITERS-3 – Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale

ECERS-3 – Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale

FCCERS-3 – Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale

How is ERS-3 is used?

ERS-3 observations will be conducted by trained and reliable observers focusing on a rich, warm environment and effective adult-child interactions. This could be a Great Start to Quality Assessor or an Approved Assessor.

Who can use ERS-3?

ERS-3 can be used in any program type except schoolage classrooms and programs, which uses the SEL PQA.  Programs with Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program classrooms will only use CLASS for Great Start to Quality.

Threshold Scores

Programs must score a 5 or above for each group or classroom observation to reach Demonstrating Quality.

Observation Practice with ERS-3

Interested in having a practice ERS-3 observation conducted in your program? The Great Start to Quality Assessment Team will be conducting practice ERS-3 observations across the state in the fall of 2022 and would welcome the opportunity to practice in your setting.

All programs that have a practice ERS-3 will receive a feedback report to support their understanding of the tool. Scores from the practice observation will in no way affect a program’s current rating or future quality level.

If you are interested in a practice ERS-3 observation or have any questions about the assessment process please email,

Resources and Training

More information coming soon!

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