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The following toolkit components will help you gather and structure necessary information and document your program’s progress throughout the certification process and beyond.

Application Process



  1. Program Administration Scale (PAS) assessment (child care centers)
    1. PAS Reviews and PAS Porfolios
    2. OR YPQI Organization Quality Assessment/Form-B (school age programs using YPQI) 

Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

  1. Early Learning Standards (ELS) Basics training
  2. Introduction to the 40 Developmental Assets training
  3. Environment Rating Scale (ERS) training (child care centers)
    1. ERS Basics
    2. ITERS
    3. ECERS
    4. SACERS or  Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) training (school age programs using YPQI)
  4. Nutrition for children
  5. Developmentally appropriate physical activity

Learning Environment and Environmental Assessment

Child Health and Development

Technical Assistance is available to all child care provider in Arkansas. Complete a TA request form and email to [email protected].