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others will take some financial commitment and long-term planning. In some programs, these voluntary standards may be in conflict with existing regulations or licensure guidelines. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) This scale was developed by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, and it assesses and improves the quality of organizational practices. The PAS provides a reliable tool for measuring the overall quality of the administrative practices of early care and education programs. The PAS assesses quality in ten areas: 1. human resources development 2. personnel cost and allocation 3. center operation 4. child assessment 5. fiscal management 6. program planning and evaluation 7. family partnership 8. marketing and public relations 9. technology 274 • Appendix C COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL