Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Observation

These are tools for learning about a child. They provide information about each child's interests, strengths, and needs. Screening gives a picture of whether the child's development is on track. Assessment is an ongoing process which provides information about development over time. Observation, watching a child in order to learn about her, is a part of assessment. When there is a concern about a child's development, early intervention providers do an evaluation.