Whether you have requested an assessment for practice or for verification, we understand there is often some stress and anxiety associated with having your program assessed. Knowing what to expect of the assessment process will hopefully help to put you and your staff at ease. The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are designed to capture a snapshot in time. The scales have been developed to be objective and assessors are trained to maintain objectivity. Please be familiar with the specific details about the day of assessment. If you have any further questions about the assessment process or about the contents of this letter, please do not hesitate to call the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) Assessment Unit at 302-831-2969.
Expectations for an ERS Assessment (October, 2016)
The assessor is not able to share any feedback during or after the assessment. Thoughtful and meticulous review is needed to complete the score sheet and assessment report. Thus, it is against policy for the assessor to share any information with programs. The assessment summary will be sent to your Technical Assistant within 15 business days after the last assessment occurred. It will show strengths as well as areas to focus on in your program’s continuous quality improvement.
If you need to cancel an assessment because of an emergency, please call DIEEC assessment staff immediately at 302-831-2969. Your assessment will be rescheduled, but there may be a delay due to scheduling demands.