Quality Resources

DEC’s continuous quality improvement resource library provides current early childhood information to support early care and education professionals in their efforts to create and sustain quality learning environments for children and families.

Assessment Resources

CLASS Assessment

Teachstone and CLASS Materials

Information, services, and resources related to the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Manual

Ordering information for CLASS Pre-K and Infant/Toddler Manuals and Dimensions Guides.

CLASS Overview Videos

ERS Assessment

Environment Rating Scales (ERS) Books and Videos

Ordering information for ERS products and related materials.

Environment Rating Scale Institute (ERSI)

Services, information, and training opportunities related to use of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS).


PowerPoint covering ITERS-R basics, including safety, health, and language requirements.

ITERS-R Guidelines for Active Physical Play

This PowerPoint provides an overview of considerations for the provision of active physical play in the context of the ITERS-R.

Staff Verification Form

“Substantial Portion of the Day” (SPD) Overview

Overview of the SPD requirement, including how SPD is calculated, why it is important, and where it is rated in the ECERS-R.

ECERS-R Guidelines for Outdoor Environment and Play Experiences

This PowerPoint provides an overview of considerations for the provision of outdoor environments, equipment, and play experiences in the context of the ECERS-R.

Online Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) Training

Free online training modules providing an introduction to the Environmental Rating Scales (ERS), available in English and Spanish through the “ERSI Environmental Scales Institute” link on California Early Childhood Online (CECO).

Health & Safety Resources

San Francisco Asthma Task Force: Bleach-Free Toolkit

Handy, display-ready guide to sanitizing surface and other items using safe alternatives to bleach.

San Francisco Asthma Task Force

Comprehensive information on how to meet infection control regulations with bleach-free products approved for that use.

Bleach-free Disinfection and Sanitizing for Child Care Report (2013 Update)

Report detailing recommended solutions and practices for bleach-free disinfectants and sanitizers that comply with licensing regulations.

Professional Development Resources

Alignment of the Preschool Learning Foundations

Report indicating how preschool foundations align with the CA IT Foundations, CA Content Standards, Common Core, Head Start, etc.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Training materials, videos, and print resources supporting social-emotional development & school readiness for ages 0-5.

All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development

Online publication based on the CA IT and Pre-K Foundations, with videos, audio files, & downloadable materials, in 8 languages.

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)

Resources, professional development, training and coaching opportunities for infant/toddler care teachers.

California Department of Education (CDE) Early Education and Support Division (EESD)

Resources; contractor information; laws, regulations, and requirements; professional development guidelines; and more.

Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)

Assessment Instruments and other forms related to the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)

California Early Childhood Online (CECO)

Online professional developmental courses and resources focused on early learning and development and best practices in early education.

Professional Associations & Councils

Early Care Educators of San Francisco (ECESF)

ECESF works to strengthen the ECE community by creating opportunities for providers to come together, and maintain a close dialogue with families and other ECE allies.

Family Child Care Association of San Francisco (FCCASF)

FCCASF ensures that all children in family child care benefit from providers who have access to whatever support they need in their work as caregivers and early educators.

San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC)

CPAC creates and drives the early care and education agenda to meet the needs of San Francisco’s children and their families and advocates for a broad system of quality, affordable and accessible early care and education for all.

African American Early Childhood Educators

AAECE is a resource to the Family Child Care community and city at large, providing support services and assistance, referrals, and a wealth of knowledge and guidance for best practice insights for all who provide care to African American children in San Francisco.