Great Start to Quality uses the Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tools from the HighScope Educational Research Foundation and the School-Age PQA with Extended Observation Scales tools from the Weikart Center for Youth Program Development for on-site assessments.
The PQA used for your program will be at least one of the following:
- The Infant-Toddler PQA
- The Preschool PQA
- The Family Child Care PQA
- The School-Age PQA with Extended Obervation Scales
If you receive a 4 or 5 Star validation, you will be required to have an on-site assessment before you receive your published rating.
- You will be contacted by a member of the Assessment Team to gather information and answer any of your questions.
- The on-site assessment is unannounced during a scheduled window of time. The goal is to complete the assessment during a typical day at your program, so you have the chance to give a small number of dates you know will not be a typical day for you (i.e. field trip days).
- If you are not able to or choose not to have the on-site assessment completed at that time, you will be eligible to receive a 3 Star until you are ready to complete the process.
- After the on-site assessment is complete, you will receive your results from a Quality Improvement Consultant from your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center.
What to Expect
On-Site Assessment Guidance Document
The On-Site Assessment Guidance Document prepares you for the on-site assessment of Great Start to Quality and assists you with understanding your results and answering any questions you may have about the assessment process.