NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Feeding Assessment Scale

The NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding and Teaching Assessment Scales are used by all disciplines to identify and to guide interventions that build on parent strengths and support positive parent-child relationships.  The NCAST Feeding and Teaching Scales are valid and reliable assessments of observable infant and young child development and behaviors that occur during a caregiver/parent-child feeding or teaching experience.  The scales are based on an extensive body of research across disciplines and thus provide an excellent way to document assessments and describe pre and post impact of interventions provided by clinicians as well as researchers. The Feeding Scale is valid up to 12 months adjusted age.  The Teaching Scale is valid up to three years of age.

Who should use the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Feeding and Teaching Assessment Scales?
Public Health Nurses, Researchers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Early Intervention Workers, Speech Therapists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Infant Mental Health Specialists

Certificates of Professional Development Educationprovided upon completion of the each class with a total of 35 hours available if both classes are taken
Feeding Scale = 21 hours of Professional Development Education
Teaching Scale = 14 hours of Professional Development Education

Those who achieve reliability in the scales will also receive a Certificate from the Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center.

The NCAST Feeding Assessment Scale Training (Birth to twelve months)

Dates to be decided

The NCAST Feeding Assessment Scale identifies over 76 specific behaviors of both the parent and the child that contribute to the parent-child relationship and support later development. By identifying positive behaviors in both the parent and child, the provider can reinforce them and support the parent in transferring these behaviors to other interactions with their child. Building on the strengths of the feeding relationship provides opportunities to not only support feeding but also other areas of the relationship so important for development including communication, motor skills, and social-emotional development. The Feeding Assessment Scale guides the provider in addressing disorders of infancy and early childhood.

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Day 1  Introduction to the Feeding Assessment Scale

  • Overview of the Feeding and Teaching Scales and Item Description

Day 2 Practice with the Feeding Assessment Scale and Discussion about Analysis

  • Review all 76 item descriptions, view 4 Feeding Scale videos (three times) and score all 76 Feeding Scale Items
  • Discuss the analysis of the scales

Day 3 Feeding Assessment Scale Reliability 

  • Brief review of the 76 Feeding Assessment Scale Items
  • Observe five feeding videos (three times) and score all 76 Feeding Assessment Scale Items
  • As time allows, review Feeding Assessment Scale Scoring and determination of standard deviations


Individual Registration – $ 425.00

Group Registration – Please contact us for more information at [email protected]

NOTE: The Feeding Assessment Scale Manual and Scales are required for the class.  You may order them when you register or they may be obtained from the Promoting Parent-Child Relationships Program at

CERTIFICATION – Sitting for reliability is not required, however as faculty, we will do all that we can to support you in achieving this goal.  Certification results are usually available 3-4 weeks after class.



Next Class – To be determined

Please contact [email protected] to sign up for the waiting list

One day program – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scale Re-certification Class is open to anyone who has taken the NCAST Feeding Scale and achieved reliability. Annual certification is recommended for anyone using the scales clinically, in teaching or research, as it will maintain your competency in the use of the scales, especially for testifying in court on behalf of families.


We will spend the morning reviewing the item descriptions and a couple of practice tapes.  The afternoon will be spent completing the new reliability video tapes.  We strongly recommend that you review all the items before class for questions. We will be taking breaks through the day rather than specific breaks and lunch.

If you have not attended a recent Feeding Scale Training, it is recommended that you purchase a new Feeding Manual. The latest version has great information and tips in the item description practice tapes. The new manual will provide you with the re-certification form you will need to complete and submit with your five reliability answer sheets.
If you have a current Feeding Scale Manual, you may purchase the Feeding Scale Re-certification Form from the Promoting Parent-Child Relationships Program website.

It is located under PCI Programs and the Buy PCI, scroll down to Feeding Re-certification Form.

Certificates of Professional Development Education – Feeding Scale Recertification = 7 hours



Barbara Deloian, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, Certified NCAST Instructor
Dr. Deloian is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over 35 years experience working with families of infants and young children and has over 20 years experience as a certified NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training) Instructor. She has used her knowledge and skills from these programs clinically in pediatric cardiology, high-risk preemie follow-up, pediatric feeding clinic, ENRICH early intervention, and her lactation consultation practice. As a certified NCAST Instructor, she participated in research in an NIH Infant Growth Study and the Infant Irritability Study for Fussy Babies. She also completed Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE) certification. Barbara received her master’s from UCLA and her PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with her dissertation focusing on transitioning premature infants and their families’ home from the NICU. She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in Neuro-developmental Behavioral Leadership.

Chris Russell, BSN, Certified NCAST and PIPE Instructor
Chris is a certified NCAST Instructor and has taught the NCAST Programs through the Colorado Nurse-Family Partnership Program (NFP) as well as internationally for over 25 years. She graduated from the State University of New York, Binghamton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She was also a certified PIPE Instructor and she has used information from both programs in her role as a public health nurse with Tri-County NFP. She also has worked in collaboration with Developmental Pathways as a public health nurse consultant.


Special Kids, Special Care will be happy to provide a full refund up until two week before the first class.  You may always transfer your registration to someone else as long as we receive a written notice with the name of the participant who will be attending.  Within two weeks of the class, we will be happy to provide a 50% refund including any materials ordered or offer a written credit to you for another Special Kids, Special Care education program within the next year.

If there are inadequate registrations two weeks before the class, the class will be canceled and all registration fees refunded.

We look forward to seeing you.