General Information

High quality classroom and program leadership/management practices are important components of early learning and school-age programs. High-quality programs can give children a strong start and help prepare them for school and life. Assessment of these practices provides valuable feedback about the current experiences of children and the program’s approaches to leadership and management including practice strengths and areas for potential growth. Early learning and school-age programs use assessment feedback to create goals for continuous quality improvement (CQI).

The feedback may be gathered through internal assessment of practices and external assessment conducted by a trained and reliable Program Quality Assessor. Program Quality Assessors use approved program observation instruments (POI) to examine a range of practices including but not limited to teacher-child interactions, classroom environments, and business practices. They provide professional development for early learning and school-age program staff to support their understanding of best practices and program observation instrument implementation.

During the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year temporary adaptations have been made to Keystone STARS for Program Quality Assessment.  Please visit the other PQA pages from the navigation on the right for more information.