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How We Evaluate

Why Is Assessment So Important in Infant-Toddler Programs?

Research tells us that the best programs constantly measure how well caregivers do their jobs and whether children are developing as they should be. They use the results to continue what is working and improve what is not; for example, to decide whether to provide more training to caregivers or to redesign infants' and toddlers' play areas.

HighScope has developed two infant-toddler assessment tools to carry out this process of assessing children's development and reviewing and strengthening programs.  COR Advantage, HighScope's birth-to-kindergarten assessment evaluates children's development in nine learning areas.

Each day, teachers or caregivers generate brief written descriptions, or anecdotes, that objectively describe these very young children's behavior. They use these notes to evaluate children's development and then plan activities to help individual infants and toddlers and the center as a whole make progress.

The Infant-Toddler Program Quality Assessment (PQA)  evaluates whether teachers and agencies are using the most effective classroom and program management practices. Each area of classroom teaching and program operations is rated to identify strengths and areas for improvement. (Also available are versions of the PQA for evaluating preschool or family child care programs.)

For more information on HighScope's assessment instruments, use the menu bar to visit our Assessment section.

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