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Preschool PQA

OnlinePQALearn about HighScope's online program quality tool, OnlinePQA, that is available for preschool, family child care, and infant-toddler programs.

The Preschool Program Quality Assessment (PQA) is a rating instrument designed to evaluate the quality of early childhood programs and identify staff training needs.

The Preschool PQA is reliable and valid and is appropriate for use in all center-based early childhood settings, including but not limited to those using the HighScope educational approach.

The Preschool PQA is an all-in-one program evaluation system with the following features:

  • Assesses key aspects of program quality
  • Reflects research-based and field-tested best practices in early childhood education and care
  • Can be aligned with the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Provides reliable, scientifically validated assessment proven in a wide range of early childhood programs and settings
  • Can be used as a basis for program accreditation, reporting, monitoring, and training

What Does the Preschool PQA Assess?

The PQA covers 63 dimensions of program quality in 7 domains: learning environment, daily routine, adult-child interaction, curriculum planning and assessment, parent involvement and family services, staff qualifications and development, and program management.

Manual version PQA materials include:

  • Administration Manual
    This book tells you how to use the PQA.
  • Form A – Classroom Items
    This form is used to evaluate items on the classroom level.
  • Form B – Agency Items
    This form is used to evaluate quality factors at the agency level. It comes in two versions, one for programs serving only preschoolers and a newer version that may be used for programs serving either the infant-toddler or preschool age groups or both groups together. Programs using Online PQA (Preschool or Infant-Toddler versions), use this newer combined version.

Replacement forms can be ordered individually.

The PQA is also available as a web-based program, OnlinePQA. Please visit www.onlinepqa.net for more information or call 800.587.5639, Ext. 234 or Ext. 206 or e-mail corteam@highscope.org.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more or place an order for the Preschool PQA please see the links to your right. Or contact us by phone at 800.407.7377 or e-mail at info@highscope.org.

Holding Your Program Accountable: Introducing HighScope's Preschool PQA

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