The Essentials Child Care Preservice Series provides helpful information for creating safe and healthy early childhood environments.

woman with laptopThis is a online, self-paced course. And it’s free!

  • Participate online at any time, 24/7
  • Choose to complete only one module or all modules in the entire series.
  • Complete the modules in any order.
  • Receive a professional development certificate for each module completed.
  • To participate in the online training...Read the detailed login instructions.

The Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale - Revised is a nationally recognized scale that evaluates the quality of infant/toddler programs. In this 4-part series participants will learn about the ITERS and how to use it for self-assessment. Participants will evaluate their own program and begin to create an action plan to make quality changes in their infant/toddler program environment. Each registered participants MUST attend all 4 online live sessions and complete all out-of-class activities. If you miss an online live session you have dropped the course and must retake the entire series. Center program directors/ supervisors can earn points on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by attending this series.

The School-Age Environment Rating Scale- update edition (SACERS) is a nationally recognized scale that evaluates the quality of school-age care programs. In this 4-part series participants will learn about the SACERS and how to use it for self-assessment. Participants will evaluate their own program and begin to create an action plan to make quality changes in their school-age program environment. Each registered participants MUST attend all 4 online live sessions and complete all out-of-class activities. If you miss an online live session you have dropped the course and must retake the entire series. Center program directors/ supervisors can earn points on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by attending this series.