Acronomyns and definitions is a listing of common terms seen throughout the website. Refer to the list for more information.

AELG
Alabama Early Learning Guidelines
CDA
Child Development Associate Credential
DHR
Alabama Department of Human Resources
ECERS-R
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised
ITERS-R
Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised
MAECTE
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
NAA
National AfterSchool Association
NAC
National Accreditation Commission
NECPA
National Early Childhood Program
NAEYC
National Association for the Education of Young Children
PAS
Program Administration Scale
QRIS
Quality Rating and Improvement System
SACERS
School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale
Aggregate
Collect and tabulate results using a graphic organizer to see progress overtime
Developmentally Appropriate
Appropriate for the age span and developmental levels of children
Parent Engagement
Parents and Staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children, with parents actively participating in the program, feeling welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to staff, and to the children
Parent Orientation
Meeting with parents to provide information about program policies and procedures, introduce staff, tour the facility, and to give parents the opportunity to express their expectations and how they can support and be involved in the program
Parent Resource Area
Designated space containing information about children’s learning and healthy development both at home and at the program, and identifying resources specific to the needs and interests of the program’s families, such as having information in various languages