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.
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.
Explore and apply the Responsive Process—Watch; Ask “I Wonder” Questions; and Adapt: Using “Flexible Responses” to the behaviors of very young children.