Growing Minds Consulting provides relationship based services including trainings, coaching, consulting, assessments and more.

Environmental Rating Scales

The Environmental Rating Scales are part of the tools that Colorado Shines uses to evaluate programs. 

Child care centers use the ITERS (Infant and Toddler) tool for children under the age of 3,

and the ECERS (Early Childhood) tool for children age 3-5. 

Family child care providers use the FCCERS (Family Child Care) tool that was specifically designed for the unique needs of family child care. 

Growing Minds Consulting can provide a mock rating to help you prepare for a quality rating.  We have staff certified in all three tools, ITERS, ECERS, and FCCERS.  A mock rating is just like the the evaluation that Colorado Shines will do, it lasts about 3 hours.  A certified ERS coach will observe your program (one classroom if in a center) for 3 hours, watching your routines, meals and snacks, health and safety practices such as diaper changes and handwashing, and will evaluate materials.  Once your mock rating is complete, you will receive a full report that gives you invaluable feedback to help you make changes before your Colorado Shines rating. 

Contact Us

Radio Button List*
Thank you! Your message was sent successfully.
If you would like Growing Minds to help by providing a mock rating to help you prepare for a Quality Rating such as Colorado Shines, please take a minute to send us a message explaining your needs.  If you are at a child care center, please specify in your message how many classrooms you are looking to have mock rated.  Someone will get back to you within 72 hours.  If your need is urgent, please feel free to contact us by phone at 720-891-2155.