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

Tip Sheet 6: Screening for Infants & Toddlers, REVISED

Tip Sheet 27: Screening Infant/Toddler Behavioral Skills

Tip Sheet 30: Screenings for Infants & Toddlers (Standardized Tools)

Tip Sheet 1: Screening Premature Infants

Tip Sheet 52: What Is Ongoing Assessment?


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: August 2014

Last Updated: January 12, 2015