Development of the FCCERS-R
The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale®, Revised (FCCERS–R) is a thorough revision of the original Family Day Care Rating Scale (FDCRS, 1989). It is one of a series of four scales that share the same format and scoring system but vary considerably in requirements, because each scale assesses a different age group and/or type of child care and education setting. The FCCERS–R retains the original broad definition of environment including organization of space, interaction, activities, schedule, and provisions for parents and provider. The 38 items are organized into seven subscales: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Listening and Talking, Activities, Interaction, Program Structure, and Parents and Provider. Since family child care homes frequently enroll a wide age range of children, this scale is designed to assess programs serving children from birth through school-agers, up to 12 years of age, including the provider’s own children if present. Therefore, the FCCERS–R contains items to assess provision in the environment for a wide age range, to ensure protection of children’s health and safety, appropriate stimulation through language and activities, and warm, supportive interaction.
- Process of Revision
- Overview of the Subscales and Items
- Additional Notes
- Supplementary Materials