This topical guide on documentation in early intervention will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • Assessment in Early Childhood Education
    Sue Wortham & Belinda Hardin
    Pearson, 2016
    This book, written for future teachers and current teachers of young children, includes information about standardized tests and other types of assessments that are appropriate for young children. Chapter 5 addresses documentation.
    LB 3060.217 .W67 2016 894149389
  • Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings: From Theory to Practice
    Susan Stacey
    Redleaf Press, 2009
    This book explores how emergent curriculum principles and practices can improve a early childhood program. Sections on observation, documentation, assessment, and relationships that support learning provide a subject overview.
    LB 1139.4 .S775e 2009 212908830
  • Mental Health Concepts and Techniques for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Mary Beth Early
    Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2009
    The updated and expanded fourth edition of this text provides a reader-friendly foundation in occupational therapy for the treatment of people with mental health problems. It addresses techniques in working with patients whose disorders are not primarily psychiatric. Sections include organizing yourself, interactions with patients, and documentation.
    WM 450.2 .O2 E12 2009 173509440
  • Observing and Understanding Child Development: A Child Study Manual
    Deb Ahola and Abbe Kovacik
    Thomson Delmar Learning, 2007
    This book is both resource and workbook. It can help early childhood education students and practitioners learn to gather and interpret data to gain insight into child development. The chapters provide information on child development, including children with special needs.
    WS 150 .A286o 2007  63116809
  • The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
    Bonnie Keilty
    Teachers College Press, 2016
    Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
    WS 350.6 K27e 2010 937999299
  • The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide for Pediatric Psychosocial Care
    Richard H. Thompson (Ed.)
    Charles C. Thomas, 2009
    This book contains a collection of articles describing aspects of the ways young children develop and learn. The topics covered include family-centered care, assessment, documentation, play, illness, and more.
    WS 105 .T475 2009   232132084


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Observation of Young Children I: The Eyes Have It!
    25-minute DVD
    Magna Systems, 2004
    This video explores a variety of authentic assessment techniques used in preschool settings to document the growth of young children in their classrooms, including observations, work samples, and more.
    LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 2 314154962
  • Observation of Young Children II: Making the Connection
    23-minute DVD
    Magna Systems, 2004
    In this video, teachers and education coordinators demonstrate the system they use to collate the observational data on young children. A variety of portfolio systems are explored. Teachers demonstrate the linkage between the formative assessment system they are using and how that data informs the formal assessment or checklist.
    LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 3   56416053
  • The Power of Documentation: Children’s Learning Revealed
    30-minute DVD
    STARnet, 2004
    This video discusses why and how to document children’s early learning and what it can reveal. It includes a visit to the Power of Documentation Exhibit at the Chicago Children’s Museum.
    LB 1731.6 P887 2001   137283999


We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Early Childhood Research & Practice, 2(1)
    Linking Standards and Engaged Learning in the Early Years
    Judy Helm and Gaye Gronlund. (2000)
    This article published in an online journal covers the importance of documentation in demonstrating the attainment of skills throughout the learning process.
  • Early Childhood Research & Practice, 7(2)
    Wondering with Children: The Importance of Observation in Early Education
    George Forman and Ellen Hall. (2005)
    This paper in an online journal outlines and discusses observation and documentation as useful for understanding. Videos are described as a resource for revisiting and analyzing documented observations.
  • Theory into Practice, 49(1), 21-28
    Show Me Again What I Can Do: Documentation and Self-Determination for Students with Social Challenges
    Stephanie Suarez. (2010)
    This article describes the use of documentation by teachers and their children with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) to develop skills of self-determination. Visual feedback, such as photos and video, help teachers plan and children evaluate their performance in social situations, such as finding a friend to play with at recess. This documentation serves as a tool to create a narrative with both the child and the teacher.
  • Theory into Practice, 49(1), 5-9
    Reflections on Documentation: A Discussion With Thought Leaders From Reggio Emilia
    Terri Turner and Daniel Wilson. (2010)
    This article presents a round-table discussion that explores the key questions regarding the definition of documentation, common misunderstandings of the strategy, lessons that have emerged over decades of documenting in various contexts, and puzzles that are emerging for the future of the practice. The discussion reminds the reader that documentation is not just a teaching tool, but a pedagogical philosophy of knowing and valuing children.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Documentation in EI