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ERS: The Beginning–An interview with Thelma Harms

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How did the Environmental Rating Scales evolve?

The family of Environment Rating Scales (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS, & SACERS) initially grew out of my many years of experience teaching in different types of Early Childhood Education programs including as a Family Child Care provider, Parent CO-OP Preschool Teacher, Head Start teacher, Head Teacher of the four year old Laboratory Preschool Program at the University of California at Berkeley (where I got my MA and PhD in Child Development and Early Childhood Education) and finally serving as Director of Curriculum Development at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I met my two co-authors, Dick Clifford and Debby Cryer, and our new 4th co-author of the ITERS- 3, Noreen Yazejian.

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Infants and Outdoor Play

Patty Carroll Many child care facilities struggle with taking infants outside. They wonder why it is so important and included as part of the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale. During the first few years of
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