Program Assessments

The Pre-K for All Quality Standards describe key practices and structures that are essential in high-quality Pre-K for All programs to prepare children for success, many of which are related to Pre-K for All learning environments at a program and the interactions between teaching staff and children. The NYCDOE uses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and the Early Childhood Environmental Ratings Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) tools to understand the extent to which Pre-K for All programs are successful at reaching those high-quality standards that support student development and learning across all five domains of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC). Both tools are grounded in research about the essential supports for promoting children’s achievement.

Program Assessment Results by Year

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

The CLASS is an observation tool that assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions in preschool classrooms. CLASS includes three domains or categories of teacher-child interactions that support children's learning and development: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Within each domain are dimensions that capture more specific details about teachers' interactions with children.

Additional resources and information about the CLASS tool are available from the purveyor of the tool, Teachstone, Inc.

CLASS Resources from the NYCDOE

  • CLASS FAQs: This document explains the process and protocols that the NYCDOE uses when conducting pre-K CLASS assessments.

In-Person CLASS trainings offered by the NYCDOE:

Enrollment for CLASS trainings will open on Protraxx one month before each training date and close one week before the event, or sooner if we have reached maximum capacity.

We have listed enrollment open dates below. Space is limited and fills up fast!

Fall Sessions:

  • Friday, October 12, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 12, 2018
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 18, 2018
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 25, 2018
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: October 29, 2018

Winter Sessions:

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: November 19
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: December 10
  • Monday, February 11, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: January 11

Spring Sessions:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: March 11
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: March 18
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: April 23
  • Friday, May 24, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: April 24

Summer Sessions:

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: May 20
  • More dates may be announced!

CLASS Webinars: This recorded webinar series provides an overview of the way that the NYCDOE uses the CLASS tool and all components of the tool.

Please share your feedback on the CLASS webinars with us.

The Early Childhood Environmental Rating System - Revised (ECERS-R)

The ECERS-R is an observation tool that assesses the quality of the overall learning environment. ECERS-R includes 6 subscales: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interaction, and Program Structure. Within each subscale are rubrics that look at specific aspects of the learning environment.

Additional resources and information about the ECERS-R tool are available from the purveyor of the tool, the Environment Rating Scales Institute.

ECERS-R Resources from the NYCDOE

  • ECERS-R FAQs: This document explains the process and protocols that the NYCDOE uses when conducting pre-K ECERS-R assessments.
  • NYCDOE DECE Additional Notes for ECERS-R: In order to make the ECERS-R tool a better fit for programs in NYC and to align the ECERS-R to Pre-K for All policy, the NYCDOE has made revisions to the way that several ECERS-R indicators are scored. This document provides a detailed description of these changes, in addition to changes made by the Environment Rating Scales Institute.
  • ECERS-R Planning Template: This template is intended to assist program leaders in using their ECERS-R reports to plan and make changes to improve the quality of their programs. For more information on how to use this form, please reference the ECERS-R 104 Webinar.
  • Table Cleaning Procedures: Procedures to follow before any time that children eat.
  • Hand Cleaning Procedures: Proper handwashing procedures to follow by all children and staff.

In-Person ECERS-R trainings offered by the NYCDOE:

Enrollment for ECERS-R trainings will open on Protraxx one month before each training date and close one week before the event, or sooner if we have reached maximum capacity.

We have listed enrollment open dates below. Space is limited and fills up fast!

Fall Sessions:

  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 3, 2018
  • Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 16, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 17, 2018
  • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: September 26, 2018
  • Friday, November 30, 2018
    • 8:10am - 3:00pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: October 30, 2018

Winter Sessions:

  • Monday, December 17, 2018
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: November 16
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: November 20
  • Monday, January 7 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: December 7
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: December 21
  • Thursday, February 7 - Friday, February 8, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: January 7

Spring Sessions:

  • Monday, March 11 - Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: February 11
  • Friday, April 5, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: March 5
  • Friday, April 12, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: March 12
  • Monday, May 13 - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: April 12

Summer Sessions:

  • Monday, June 3, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: May 3
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: May 14
  • More dates may be announced!


ECERS-R Webinars: This recorded webinar series provides an overview of the way that the NYCDOE uses the ECERS-R tool and some of the key requirements of the ECERS-R.

Please share your feedback on the ECERS-R Webinars with us.

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