The Lead Teaching Staff meets at least weekly to interpret and use assessment results to align curriculum and teaching practices to the interests and needs of the children. On a monthly basis the Lindgren Child Care Center holds a mandatory staff in-service with training from our comprehensive scheduled training plan. Also occurring at these in-services includes individual classroom breakout sessions which will be cover individual behavior/developmental concerns.
The Lindgren Child Care Center staff provides families with information about the choice, use, scoring, and interpretation of screening and assessment methods that includes
- the purpose and use for which an assessment is designed and its programmatic purpose and use,
- Child assessment is a vital and necessary component of all high-quality early childhood programs. Assessment is important to understand and support young children’s development. It is also essential to document and evaluate how effectively programs are meeting young children educational needs, and to inform on program improvement
- the interpretations of the results and their meaning in terms of future learning opportunities for their child,
- The lead teachers will use the information gathered during the assessment process, identifying children's interests and needs, within their curriculum planning to best meet the needs of all children enrolled.
- Both formally and informally the lead teachers will disseminate the screening and assessment information gathered for parents. This process will empower the parents as they will feel informed and more knowledgeable about their child’s developmental progress.
- In the event of a potential developmental delay the lead teachers will use the information gathered as evidence for referral for future diagnostic screenings and assessment.
- the way teaching staff or others have been trained to use assessment procedures and interpret results as well as the conditions under which the child will be assessed (e.g., group size, time constraints, familiarity with adults involved), and
- The information gained during all screenings and assessments will be used to develop curriculum, parent education, and evidence for referral.
- Depending on the type of atypical development various external agencies may be involved in diagnostic screenings and assessment
- access to or information about the specific instruments used.
- The below links can be used to obtain more information on the specific screenings & assessments used by the classroom teachers:
Infant & Toddler Room
- Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos: http://www.creativecurriculum.net/
- Denver II screening tool: http://www.denverii.com/
- Creative Curriculum Assessment for Preschoolers: http://www.creativecurriculum.net/
- Minneapolis Preschool Screening Instrument: http://rea.mpls.k12.mn.us/Preschool.html
- Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ECERS/