Responding to Infants and Toddlers Based on Observation

In the ongoing child assessment cycle, observing, documenting, and reflecting guide education staff to intentional and purposeful responses. Explore how this helps staff create individualized learning opportunities for infants and toddlers.

Why Observe Young Children?

Individualizing care and the curriculum, and tracking children’s progress make observation a powerful and informative learning tool. Find out about other important reasons to observe young children.

What Is Observation?

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.

Session 1: Preschool Inclusion: Laying the Groundwork for Success

This session is intended to lay the groundwork for successful inclusion in preschool. After viewing the video, Preschool Inclusion: Working Together to Make It Happen, participants will explore and discuss how families and service providers can effectively work together to create and support inclusive experiences for preschool-age children who have disabilities.

Session 4: Getting Services Started

Using the video Getting Services, this session reviews the processes of early identification; referral to early intervention to determine eligibility for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C services; and support to families who are accessing services.