Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Observation

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, Evaluation & Observation

Developmental Screening, Assessments, and Evaluations


TA Paper 15: Observation: Individualizing Responsive Care

Look at Me! Using Focused Child Observation

Clearing Your View: Staying Objective in Observation

Using Sensitive Skilled Observation in Your Program


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Last Reviewed: March 2017

Last Updated: March 1, 2017