PITC PARS

Assessing the Quality of Infant/Toddler Care

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care Program Assessment Rating Scale (PITC PARS) is a tool used to measure 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

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

SUBSCALE II

Family Partnerships, Cultural Responsiveness and Inclusive Care

Assesses 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

Assesses 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

Assesses 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

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