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.
Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation
- Look at Me! Using Focused Child Observation with Infants and Toddlers
- Clearing Your View: Staying Objective in Observation
National Centers:Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Last Updated: November 26, 2019