Child Screening & Assessment

Ongoing Child Assessment: A Guide for Program Leaders

Ongoing child assessment in a Head Start program is part of a comprehensive assessment system and coordinated approach to support all children's development and learning, birth to 5. Learn how program leaders can support high-quality ongoing child assessment practices. Explore a step-by-step guide for preparing, collecting, aggregating and analyzing, and using and sharing the data. Find out what program leaders need to do to help education staff effectively use ongoing child assessment, as well as how they might use the information as part of broader program-level assessment. Review case stories that demonstrate how education staff and program leaders use ongoing child assessment. Discover definitions of terms, a planning worksheet, and a list of print and online resources in the appendices. Find specific information about assessing children who are dual language learners (DLLs) and children with disabilities.

Select the links below to download the sections of most interest to you. You can also download the entire guide. Relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) are cited in selected sections.