Program Quality Assessment (PQA)
High quality classroom 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. At higher levels of quality, early learning and school-age programs receive observation feedback that highlights practices strengths and areas for potential growth from a trained and reliable Program Quality Assessor. Program Quality Assessors use approved program observation instruments to examine a range of practices including child-teacher interactions, classroom environments, and business practices. They provide professional development to support early childhood and school-age professionals in their understanding of best practices and program observation instrument implementation.
Meet the Program Quality Assessment Team
Program Quality Assessors are located throughout the Commonwealth to support early childhood and school-age professionals in their continuous quality improvement efforts. You can “meet” the Program Quality Assessment team on the “Meet the Team” page of the PQA blog.
You can also email general questions to the Program Quality Assessment team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional PQA Pages
- Program Observation Program observation is a way of gathering information about a program’s practices. Learn more about different ways Pennsylvania observes programs.
- Program Observation Visit Program assessment feedback supports early childhood and school-age professionals in making decisions about areas where quality can be addressed in the early learning or school-age program.
- Professional Development The Program Quality Assessment team offers a variety of professional development (PD) sessions to meet the needs of early childhood and school-age professionals.
- Let’s Talk Quality: Program Quality Assessment in Pennsylvania (Blog)