An external assessment shall be conducted annually in at least one PA PKC classroom. The
external assessor will be trained in the assessment tool used for the external assessment.
Results of the environmental assessments must be used by the program to determine
program needs as part of a continuous quality improvement plan.
The Department reserves the right to require and conduct additional external
assessment(s) of select Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classrooms.
Providers must receive and shall retain a hard copy of their assessment results.
Results of the external assessment must be shared with the preschool program specialist
who may share results including those of its partners, with the lead agency. For those
programs participating in Keystone STARS, a copy will also be sent to the STARS Quality