All About the Environment Rating Scales

The Environment Rating Scales® (ERS®) are a series of reliable, valid, research-based observational tools designed to assess the quality of the environment. Bright & Early ND utilizes three scales, each designed for a different segment of the early childhood field.

ERS Subscales

The ERS was developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are made up of seven subscales that focus on different aspects of the early childhood environment:

  • space and furnishings
  • personal care routines
  • listening and talking
  • activities
  • interaction
  • program structure
  • parents and staff

The information collected from subscales is used to assign a score representing the quality of the environment. The score is based on a seven point scoring system. A score of 1 represents inadequate care, 3 minimal care, 5 good care, and 7 excellent care.