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Developmental Screening, Assessment, and Evaluation: Key Elements for Individualizing Curricula in Early Head Start Programs
Developmental assessment is a process designed to deepen understanding of a child’s competencies and resources and also of the caregiving and learning environments most likely to help a child make fullest use of his or her developmental potential.
The developmental assessment of infants and toddlers in Early Head Start (EHS) programs is a continuous process throughout the entire length of the child’s enrollment in the program. This technical assistance paper will define the concepts of screening, ongoing assessment, and in-depth evaluation; discuss “best practices” related to developmental assessment and reflected in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (Head Start Bureau, 1996); and illustrate the connection between developmental assessment and curriculum development.