Learn about ongoing child assessment and its components. Explore the ongoing assessment cycle, observation and documentation, engaging families, and additional assessment considerations.
Learn how observing children is a key part of what education staff in Head Start infant toddler programs do daily. Observation involves focus, purpose, and watching and listening to learn about individual children.
Learn about ways to observe infants and toddlers—a key part of the ongoing child assessment cycle. Explore strategies to support this important component of quality infant and toddler care.
Learn how child care health consultants can strengthen their observation and consultation skills to help programs improve health and safety.
Watch this video podcast that introduces viewers to using focused observation with infants and toddlers and gives them an opportunity to “try out” some of the techniques discussed.
Watch this video that explains how to observe babies and record what is seen in an objective way that will help staff understand the meaning of the child's behavior.
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.