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Milestones & Development

Assessment documents milestones and development as well as progress in the Early Learning Content Standards, identifies challenges and interventions, screens children to provide a baseline, and supports emerging curriculum. We use assessment to plan and implement curriculum, to determine individual and whole-class progress, and to inform and initiate interventions.


Children are evaluated informally in the classroom, where the child feels comfortable, by familiar adults on a consistent and ongoing basis. Formal assessments and screenings are done for specific reasons with the consent of parents and by trained, experienced professionals (i.e., teachers or consultants). Parental permission is required prior to formal testing, and results are discussed during conferences. Assessment information is shared with parents quarterly, through either conferences and/or written reports.


Our faculty and staff follow ethical standards for maintaining confidentiality of assessments. Parents may ask to view any assessment information at any time. State-required forms with confidential information and evaluation results are kept in the children's files in the office area. Daily assessments and behavioral observations are kept in confidential files within the classroom. They are used to help teachers plan both individual and whole-class activities. Portfolios are openly displayed for parents and children to view, as no confidential information is included in them.


Parents may contribute to assessment data in several ways. Parents are consistently asked for information about children during daily discussions at dropoff and pick­up times, or during conferences and intervention team meetings.


Initial screenings are completed within 30 days of a child'senrollment date in the center.