What is Enhancement?

When a program chooses the Enhancement option, it is requesting 6 months of technical assistance to build their program quality before the Assessment process. This entails an initial, informal needs assessment with the Best Practice Rubric and CLASS Observation tools. From the data collected during the needs assessment, an action plan will be specifically created for each program based on need. The Enhancement model does allow for dollars to be awarded such that basic needs can be met with environment and materials. These dollars are awarded based on the needs assessment data. After completion of the Enhancement model, a formal assessment is completed, and a STAR Rating is awarded.

Enhancement Protocol (Section 16.00 of Guidelines):

 Programs that employ a coach on staff or that receive coaching through another state program will receive indirect guidance from a Quality Specialist. The assigned Quality Specialist will work directly with the program’s coach to provide informal assessment data, share resources, and make recommendations for goal setting. 

Quality Specialists will conduct an initial, informal needs assessment using the Best Practice Rubric and CLASS Observation tools. 

Quality Specialists will work with a program’s Director/Administrator to review program-level STAR Rating criteria. Programs will be provided with the materials needed to organize their Best Practice Rubric evidence. Quality Specialists will share an overview of the Best Practice Rubric, review any prepared documentation, and provide guidance on remaining indicators. Quality Specialists will make recommendations for financial enhancement and provide guidance for enhancement funds. Quality Specialists will meet with Directors/Administrators on an on-going basis throughout the Enhancement period. 

Quality Specialists will use observation data from the CLASS tool to determine goals for each classroom. Goals will be in place for one month before progress is reviewed. Quality Specialists will make recommendations, provide strategies, and share resources that are designed to make targeted improvements to teaching practices as defined by the CLASS tool. 

 On-going visits will be conducted based on a tiered schedule. CLASS domain scores determine the frequency and duration of Enhancement interactions. 

Tier A – Intensive Enhancement: 

  • Tier A classrooms receive a minimum of 4 hours per month, consisting of two 2-hour face-to-face classroom visits. 
  • Classrooms with the following CLASS Domain/Dimension scores receive Intensive Enhancement: 
    • Negative Climate – 3.00-7.00 
    • Responsive Caregiving (Infant), Emotional and Behavioral Support (Toddler), Emotional Support (Pre-K) – 1.00-2.99 

Tier B – Responsive Enhancement 

  • Tier B classrooms receive a minimum of 2 hours per month, consisting of one 2-hour face-to-face classroom visit. 
  • Classrooms with the following CLASS Domain scores receive Responsive Enhancement: 
    • Responsive Caregiving (Infant), Emotional and Behavioral Support (Toddler), Emotional Support or Classroom Organization (Pre-K) – 3.00-3.99 

Tier C – Guided Enhancement 

  • Tier C classrooms receive a minimum of 1 hour per month, consisting of one 1-hour face-to-face classroom visit.
  • Classrooms with the following CLASS Domain scores receive Guided Enhancement: 
    • Responsive Caregiving (Infant), Emotional and Behavioral Support (Toddler), Emotional Support or Classroom Organization (Pre-K) – 4.00-4.99 

Tier D – Supportive and/or Peer Enhancement 

  • Tier D classrooms receive on-going remote support from a Quality Specialist. Specialists will be available to answer questions, share resources, and may interact with classrooms through a virtual platform as needed. 
  • Classrooms with the following CLASS Domain scores receive Supportive Enhancement: 
    • Responsive Caregiving (Infant), Emotional and Behavioral Support (Toddler), Emotional Support or Classroom Organization (Pre-K) – 5.00-7.00