Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale®, Third Edition (FCCERS-3™)

Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale®, Third Edition (FCCERS-3)

The Third Edition of the FCCERS is a major revision that introduces innovations in both the content and administration of the scale while retaining the continuity of the two principal characteristics of the FCCERS, namely its comprehensive or global definition of quality and the reliance on observation as the primary source of information on which to base assessment of family child care programs conducted in a provider's home for children from infancy through school-age.

The Scale consists of 33 items organized into 6 subscales:

Space and Furnishings

  1. Indoor space used for childcare
  2. Furniture for routine care, play, and learning
  3. Arrangement of indoor space for child care
  4. Display for children

Personal Care Routines

  1. Meals/snacks
  2. Diapering/toileting
  3. Health practices
  4. Safety practices

Language and Books

  1. Talking with Children
  2. Encouraging vocabulary development
  3. Responding to children's communication
  4. Encouraging children to communicate
  5. Provider use of books with children
  6. Encouraging children's use of books


  1. Fine motor
  2. Art
  3. Music and movement
  4. Blocks
  5. Dramatic play
  6. Nature/science
  7. Math/number
  8. Appropriate use of screen time
  9. Promoting acceptance of diversity
  10. Gross motor


  1. Supervision of gross motor play
  2. Supervision of play and learning (non-gross motor)
  3. Provider-child interaction
  4. Providing physical warmth/touch
  5. Guiding children's behavior
  6. Interactions among children

Program Structure

  1. Schedule and transitions
  2. Free play
  3. Group time