Hayes Valley Infant/Toddler Center Receives Outstanding ITERS Score
Our Hayes Valley Infant/Toddler Center just received an Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale score of 5.99, the highest ever in our history. The ITERS scale measures the developmental effectiveness and physical safety of the environment of center-based infant and toddler centers according to different categories, including Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Listening and Talking, Activities, Interaction, Program Structure, and Parents and Staff.
According to Seiko Velder, Infant/Toddler Program Director, the extremely high score is a result of staff training and development that took place over the last year, as well as feedback from parents and facilities improvement.
“The training our teachers have received has given them a deeper understanding of what is needed,” says Velder. Just as important is the change made within the last year to a Lead Teacher structure, where one lead teacher manages a team of teachers. “The lead teacher makes sure everyone is on the same page,” Velder says, “and this leads to better communication amongst the staff, which benefits the center environment, and ultimately the children.”
“This score shows that subsidized child care can deliver extremely high-quality care for San Francisco’s low-income families,” Velder says.