The Center recognizes the importance of assessment to a quality early childhood program. Staff uses assessment to identify child interests and needs, describe the developmental progress and learning of children, improve the curriculum and adapt teaching practices and the environment, plan program improvement, and communicate with families.
The Center strongly believes that authentic assessment that is aligned with program goals, conducted in the child’s natural environment and in daily activities over time, gives the most accurate information about a child. The teachers conduct such informal assessments on a daily basis, frequently reviewing and utilizing the information for the purposes outlined above. On a quarterly basis, teachers complete a summary report. Families will receive this information in a written format twice a year. Children’s information is only viewed by classroom teachers, early childhood practicum students, and the child’s family and is kept in a secure location in the building.
In alignment with NAEYC accreditation standards, the Center will, in the future, conduct developmental screenings for children new to the program within 3 months of program entrance. Results will be shared with families and, when needed, be used in conjunction with informal assessments to make referrals to appropriate professionals. This Center is currently researching screening tools that are in line with the Center’s philosophy and screening will not take place during this school year.
Other formal types of assessment may be conducted at the Center by the appropriate professionals (Early Intervention, Preschool Assist) as part of the referral/child find process and only with parental permission.