How is SEL PQA used?

SEL PQA observations will be conducted by trained and reliable observers focusing on a rich, engaging environment, and effective interactions. This could be a Great Start to Quality Assessor or an Approved Assessor. In programs with multiple groups of schoolagers, a walk-through method will be used where the Assessors spends time observing each group during one On-Site Observation visit.

Who can use SEL PQA?

The SEL PQA is used in programs that serve schoolagers in separate settings than children under age 5. The program may only serve schoolagers or schoolagers are in separate classrooms than younger children.

Threshold Scores

Programs must score a 3.5 or above for each group or classroom observation to reach Demonstrating Quality.

Observation Practice with SEL PQA

Interested in having a practice SEL PQA observation conducted in your schoolage program? The Great Start to Quality Assessment Team will be conducting practice 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 SEL PQA 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 SEL PQA observation or have any questions about the assessment process please email,

Resources and Training

The SEL PQA tool is available to anyone to download for free. Visit the Weikart Center website to fill out the form to download the tool. The Weikart Center also offers a full menu of trainings and supports for schoolage staff to support quality improvements for schoolagers.

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