Milestones & development

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

Evaluations

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 conferences and/or written reports.

Confidentiality

The faculty and staff of the Bombeck Family Learning Center 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.

Parent participation

Parents may contribute to assessment data in several ways.

Parents are consistently asked for information about children during daily discussions at drop-off and pick­up times, or during conferences and intervention team meetings.

Initial screenings

Initial screenings are completed within 30 days of a child's enrollment date at the center.