PITC PARS

Assessing the Quality of Infant/Toddler Care

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care Program Assessment & Reflection System (PITC PARS) guides assessment and reflection on the essential aspects of infant/toddler group care — from caregiving interactions to the physical environment to program policies and administrative structures.

SUBSCALE I

Quality of Adult's Interactions with Children

Is about the responsiveness of individual teachers' interactions with the infants and toddlers in their care.

SUBSCALE II

Family Partnerships, Cultural Responsiveness and Inclusive Care

Is about the extent to which caregiving practices, the care environment, and program policies are responsive to cultural and family practices as well as the unique needs of children.

SUBSCALE III

Organization of Group Care

Is about the extent to which the program’s structure, procedures, and practices provide a solid foundation for providing responsive care and meeting infants’ and toddlers’ individual needs.

SUBSCALE IV

Physical Environment

Is about the extent to which the program provides indoor and outdoor environments that support infants’ and toddlers’ developmental needs and learning.

SUBSCALE V

Routines and Record Keeping

Is about the extent to which caregiving routines and program procedures promote infants’ and toddlers’ safety and health.