Programs use a variety of assessment methods that are sensitive to and informed by family culture, experiences, children's abilities and disabilities, and home language; are meaningful and accurate; and are used in settings familiar to the children.
Our program is sensitive to family culture by before being admitted to the program each family is asked to complete a Family & Cultural Information form. This form allows the teachers a small glimpse into the families’ life. During daily discussion with the parents the teacher can use this information to better assess both parental and program concerns. Each teacher knows and understands the unique aspects of our families and is sensitive towards the child’s understanding of its impact on her life.
Because of our belief of how children learn, (see child development below) the Lindgren Child Care Center gives each child the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace. Adaptations will be made to the curriculum to assist children’s development but the way he/she is assessed is unchanged.
LCCC Assessment Plan (Child Development)
Children do not just grow in size. They develop, evolve, and mature, mastering ever more complex understandings of the people, objects and challenges in their environment. There is a general pattern or sequence for development that is true of most children. However, the rate, character, and quality of development vary from child to child. Culture influences development in different ways, and the goals for children differ from culture to culture.
Quality assessment looks at not only to what is happening within the child, but also to the care that child requires in order to thrive. For a child to develop and learn in a healthy and normal way, it is important not only to meet the basic needs for protection, food and health care, but also to meet the basic needs for interaction and stimulation, affection, security, and learning through exploration and discovery.
To better understand the cultural backgrounds of children, families, and the community, program staff (as a part of program activities or as individuals), participate in community cultural events, concerts, storytelling activities, or other events and performances designed for children and their families.
Frequently programs are offered in the community or even on-campus that is relevant for staff and family attendance. We make folks aware of these opportunities and encourage their attendance.
The Lindgren Child Care Center staff use a variety of formal and informal strategies (including conversations) to become acquainted with and learn from families about their family structure; their preferred child-rearing practices; and information families wish to share about their socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, religious and cultural backgrounds.
Our teachers distribute to and request from ALL families a completed Family and Cultural Information Form. This solicits parents to share with the teacher information about family structure, child rearing practices, and linguistic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds. This gives a tremendous amount of information to program staff that helps better understand the Family and Cultural information about program families.
Individual teachers also employ unique techniques to solicit information from families. The infant teacher meets personally with each family before the baby begins care with us. The toddler and preschool teachers takes time to speak with each parent daily.
It is important to the Lindgren Child Care Center that all families are given the opportunity to fully understand, interpret, and become involved with their child’s assessment and goals. The Lindgren Child Care Center will provide an interpreter for any family that needs and makes a request.
Screenings are completed as an individually administered test and as checklist based on parent report. Developmental assessments are completed throughout the day and year using naturalistic observation of the children’s interactions and behavior within the confines of the Lindgren Child Care Center. Both group and individual observations are used.
Staff work to achieve consensus with families about assessment methods that will best meet the child's needs.
The Lindgren Child Care Center achieves consensus with families regarding assessment methods through our daily conversations along with our scheduled parent teacher conferences. Excerpts from the LCCC Assessment plan are below as further documentation of our assessment practices.
- Developmental assessments are ongoing (year round) with results discussed with the parent throughout the semester, both daily along with two scheduled parent/teacher conferences, one each fall and spring semester.
- Parents are asked to be involved in their child’s planning and assessment via an online journal using the Creative Curriculum assessment program. Also, on a daily basis the lead teachers discuss with parents developmental milestones reached, developmental progress, and developmental concerns.
- The lead teachers in conjunction with the administrative team will annually evaluate the current screening and assessment tools. Outside professionals and parent involvement is periodically sought out as needed.