The ITERS, Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale, is used to rate the environment of our program. There are seven subscales that the ITERS looks at; space and furnishing, personal care routines, listening and talking, fine and gross motor activities and creative activities, social development, interactions, and program structure. Through these seven subscales they score based on materials available to the children, adult and child size furnishings, arrangement of space indoors and out, supervision and interactions (including language) that occur in the classroom, the schedule of the day, including routines and activities.
The scales are designed to assess process quality in an infant and toddler center. Process quality consists of the various interactions that go on in a classroom between staff and children, among the children themselves, and interactions children have with the many materials and activities in the environment, as well as those features, such as space, schedule, and materials that support these interactions. In order to provide care and education that will permit children to experience a high quality of life while helping them develop their abilities, a quality program must provide for the three basic needs all children have; protection of their health and safety, building positive relationships, opportunities for stimulation and learning from experience. The tool looks for different modalities of equipment, culturally rich, and a variety of experiences.
By using the ITERS tool these are areas we accessed need in to help with improving the quality of our environment. Through EQM we are working on improving our overall quality score of our program. The STEPP Program currently has a rating of a four, we would like to reach a five by working on our environment to help move our score up.