Preschool Classrooms: Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Early Childhood Programs
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Recommendations for practices that strengthen early childhood programs are proposed based on findings from two studies. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised is widely used to assess preschool classrooms. A total of 191 preschool classrooms in Missouri were observed for these studies and provide the basis for information in this recommended practices document. Items from the Environment Rating Scale that were consistently rated as below average were divided into two program components: health and safety issues and programming/curriculum. Specific recommendations for improving programs are outlined. are outlined.