HighScope's family of Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tools are validated rating instruments designed to measure the quality of early childhood programs and identify staff training needs. The Preschool PQA, the Infant-Toddler PQA, and the Family Child Care PQA are available in both online and print versions.
Each PQA gives an accurate and authentic picture of a program's strengths and needs for improvement, providing information on a multitude of quality factors in specific terms that teachers and caregivers can understand and use.
The instruments may be used by teachers and caregivers as a self-assessment, or by administrators and outside agencies (such as a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System) to evaluate individuals classrooms or programs.
PQA assessment is based on standards for best practices, rated on a five-point scale.
- Learning Environment
- Adult-child interactions
- Daily routine
- Safety considerations
- Parent involvement and family services
- Staff qualifications and staff development
- Program management