ERIC Number: EJ762194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
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Assessing the Development of Young Children in Child Care: A Survey of Formal Assessment Practices in One State
Allen, Susan F.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v34 n6 p455-465 Jun 2007
With the current emphasis on program accountability and appreciation of the importance of early learning and timely identification of delays, early childhood developmental assessment in child care centers is crucial. In Florida, a state that supports local control of child assessment decisions, counties were surveyed to determine the specific tools and formal assessment procedures for children birth to 5 in subsidized child care. Sixty-one counties responded for a 91% return rate. Survey results were examined according to experts' recommendations for best practices in child assessment. Most counties used multiple tools to assess multiple domains of child development with age-appropriate instruments. Many did not involve parents in the assessment process or use tools connected to the child care curriculum. The survey results underscore the complexity of implementing assessment systems for young children in child care.
Descriptors: Child Care, Young Children, Child Development, Evaluation Methods, Screening Tests, Counties, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida