Assessment in early childhood education
This text book includes information on performance assessment, portfolios, and other methods of reporting a child’s performance. Written for future teachers and current teachers of young children, this book ncludes information about standardized tests and other types of assessments that are appropriate for young children. Chapter 5 addresses documentation.
Call#: LB 3060.217 .W67 2016
Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs: A Context-Based Approach
Focusing on the assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, this text provides an overview of multiple assessment techniques and contextual issues involved in assessment, such as environment and culture.
Call#: WS 350.6 .B469a 2003
Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention: Best Practices
This book discusses and analyzes numerous aspects of assessment in early intervention and early childhood special education, including evaluations of early development, severe disabilities, cognitive functioning, and school readiness.
Call#: WS 105.5 .E8 B147 2007
DEC recommended practices : enhancing services for young children with disabilities and their families
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Rosa Milagros Santos, editor
Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (2015)
The DEC recommended practices provide guidance to families and professionals about the most effective ways to improve learning outcomes and promote development of young children, birth through age 5, who have, or are at-risk for, developmental delays or disabilities.
Call#: LC 4019.3 .D641 2015 Vol.1
Focused observations : how to observe young children for assessment and curriculum planning
This book explains why observation is one of the best methods to get to know each child well, track progress, and plan individualized curriculum. It also provides tools and techniques to help you strengthen your observations, create portfolios with rich documentation, and support each child.
Call#: LB 1027.28 .G76 2013
Interdisciplinary Clinical Assessment of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities
Examining the process of assessment from the perspectives of multiple disciplines, this book demonstrates how to create new interdisciplinary assessment teams or expand existing teams to ensure that children and their families receive the best care possible. Case studies provide examples of effective collaborations between disciplines in assessment and the design of interventions.
Call#: WS 350.6 .I588 2000
Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years with Down Syndrome
A mother describes her journey of her son’s diagnosis of Down syndrome through family support, early intervention, therapy, and doctor appointments.
Call#: WS 107 G876 2008
The Art and Practice of Home Visiting: Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and Their Families
This practical guide provides examples and best practices for building relationships with families and facilitating adult-child interaction.
Call#: HV 697 .C771a 2008
The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
With a focus on how families and professionals can collaborate effectively so that infants and toddlers learn, grow, and thrive, this book reflects research and best-practices in the field of early intervention. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
Call#: WS 350.6 .K27 2016
The Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development (3rd ed.)
This book is a compilation of information for professionals who conduct home visits. Expectations are explained and situations that the professionals may encounter during home visits are explored. The book discusses ideas for how to build the bonds between professionals and families. Several sections discuss difficulties and dilemmas that some professionals have dealt with during home visits.
Call#: HQ 755.7 .K63 2008
Young Exceptional Children: Monograph Series No. 13
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Mary McLean and Patricia Snyder (Eds.)
Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (2011)
The articles in this monograph are focused on contemporary assessment practices with particular attention paid to gathering information about young children’s development in authentic and familiar settings such.
- Improving child find through tailored outreach to primary referral sources / Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette, & Glinda Hill
- Developmental screening in early childhood : potential roadmaps for those considering the journey / Jantine Clifford
- Assessment of family-identified needs through the routines-based interview / R.A. McWilliam
- Using the assessment of family activities and routines to develop embedded programming / Philippa H. Campbell
- Using your good judgment : informed opinion for early intervention / John T. Neisworth & Stephen J. Bagnato
- Using digital video to enhance authentic assessment / Larry Edelman
- Bringing pieces together : assessment of young children’s social-emotional competence / Rosa Milagros Santos
- Evaluating young children who are dual language learners : gathering and interpreting multiple sources of data to make informed decisions / Lillian K Durán, Gregory A. Cheatham, & Rosa Milagros Santos
- Using goal attainment scaling to monitor the developmental progress of young children with disabilities / Laurie A. Dinnebeil, Margie Spino, & William F. McInerney
- Building good assessment into accountability systems for early childhood programs / Kathleen Hebbeler
- Resources within reason : assessment / Camille Catlett.
Call#: LC 4019 .M4599 2011
Videos and Media
A Child with Special Needs
In this video, families of children with special needs share their stories to help other parents understand what to do when they find out that their child has a special need, how to find answers to their questions, how to advocate for their child, and how to focus on their child’s unique strengths.
Call#: WS 350.6 .C536dvd 2004
Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention
In this online video, a physical therapist discusses authentic assessment practices such as observation and collaborating with families.
Authentic Assessment: Parents: Our Most Important Resource
This module emphasizes the importance of communicating with and respecting parents throughout the assessment process. A variety of progress reports designed for parents by the authors of different curriculum models are highlighted.
Call#: LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 4
Authentic Assessment: Setting the Stage
This module sets the stage for understanding how children are observed within the context of their play as well as their culture and how these observations are important to understanding their total development.The validity of Authentic Assessment techniques to chart children’s growth and development versus the use of standardized testing is discussed. Children are observed within the context of their play as well as their culture.
Call#: LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 1
Early intervention for autism : assessment and treatment strategies for birth to 5
This lecture discusses assessment tools to identify the early and subtle signs of autism and offers treatment techniques that effectively interrupt and replace the development of many “coping behaviors” exhibited by children with autism (ages 0-5).
Call#: WM 203.5 .Ea761 2015
Identifying Strengths and Supporting Families in Early Intervention with an EcoMa
This video describes how an EcoMap can help families and providers identify supports, both formal and informal, when looking at resources, priorities and concerns during the IFSP process.
Precious Lives, Meaningful Choices
In this video, four families discuss their journey of raising and caring for children who have progressive, life-limiting illnesses. Parents share their reflections on care assistants, medical staff, and embracing their children’s lives with courage and hope.
Call#: WS 200 P923 2006
The mission of the PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children with special needs and their families based on the concept of parents helping parents. The Web site contains information and free resources, including materials on parent-professional partnerships in early intervention. Many resources have been translated into Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
Appropriate and Meaningful Assessment in Family-Centered Programs
Appropriate assessment of infants and toddlers is strengths based, identifying and building on children’s capabilities, not what they cannot do, and is not used to “label” them. This article provides an overview of observation, documentation, screening, assessment, portfolios and goal/outcome setting. Direct link is available.
Early intervention services: A family-professional partnership
In addition to providing an overview and brief history of early intervention, this article explains family-centered services and the ways in which service providers support and partner with families.
Embedding Assessment of Young Children into Routines of Inclusive Settings: A Systematic Planning Approach
The author provides a planning guide to support early child care workers in implementing authentic assessment in inclusive settings and natural environments.
Engaging Families in the Child Assessment Process
This article describes one child care organization’s integrated, collaborative assessment approach that involves families throughout the process.
Involving Parents in Early Childhood Assessment: Perspectives from an Early Intervention Instructor
This article discusses the importance of involving parents and families in the assessment of young children. The author offers suggestions and examples to help the early intervention professional.
The Authentic Alternative for Assessment in Early Intervention: An Emerging Evidence-Based Practice
This article provides an overview, summary of the research, and a history of the shift in early intervention toward authentic assessment, which captures real-life competencies in everyday routines.
The dance of partnership: Why do my feet hurt?
In this article, the author writes from her own experience as a mother of a child with special needs and discusses the complications of parent-professional partnerships. She identifies five distinct features, or dimensions, that both entangle and enhance the partnership dance: choice, forced intimacy, identification of partners, role expectations, and differing priorities.
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Children With Special Educational Needs
This article provides the pediatric health care provider with a summary of key components of the most recent version of this law. Guidance is also provided to ensure that every child in need receives the EI and special education services to which he or she is entitled.
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. (2008)
This free, downloadable guide that is designed for use by early childhood professionals. The guide includes explanations of best practices in assessment as well as a compendium of assessment instruments.
National Academies Press (2008)
This online chapter from the book Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How discusses assessing young children who are members of ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States, young children whose home language is not English, and young children with disabilities. The entire book is available to download for free.
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
The page on AT includes an overview, information on federal and state laws on AT, training resources, information on universal design for learning, and several extensive bibliographies of articles on AT and early intervention.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (2002)
This National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center paper presents a synthesis of innovative practices and ideas for explaining procedural safeguards to families in ways that are supportive of their role as partners in the early intervention process.
eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care (2019)
This Web site includes a list of what to include in portfolios, which can be a helpful tool to document milestones, acknowledge progress, and provide an assessment resource to help support a child’s learning.
Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (2007)
This position statement endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) includes an overview of issues related to assessment in early intervention and early childhood special education, the listing of important quality indicators for those involved in the assessment process, and information about additional resources to assist those interested in implementing assessments. Specific recommendations are made related to selecting assessment tools, communicating assessment results, and ensuring ethical and legal practices.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
This page includes links to many resources, including overviews of assessment methods, information on the assessment of young English-language learners, and position papers on assessment from several national organizations such as Head Start and the National Association of School Psychologists.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2014)
Developmental screening? Comprehensive assessment? Ongoing assessment? Parents often wonder what these terms mean. All are processes for gathering information about an infant, toddler, or preschooler. The first step in gathering information about a child is to complete a developmental screening.